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THE WAR ROOM OF THE PALACE

 
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THE WAR ROOM OF THE PALACE ZOSER is showing AMNERIS a giant map of the Nile.

AMNERIS
But why did we invade Babylon?

ZOSER
Because once we have control of the waterways, the rest of the world opens up
for us.

AMNERIS
Yes, but our Egyptian armies just stormed in and seized power? How oppressive
of us.

ZOSER
Perhaps, Princess. But where do you think that beautiful necklace came from?

(He points to her necklace. AMNERIS looks down at it, then removes it,
placing it on Zoser's table.)

AMNERIS
Suddenly it's not so beautiful

(RADAMES enters.)

ZOSER
I've been explaining our foreign campaigns to Amneris.

RADAMES
Really?

ZOSER
Yes. Because she wanted to know what's been preoccupying you of late.

AMNERIS
Radames, I feel like we haven't had a moment along since you returned from
Nubia. I miss you. Can't we spend this afternoon together?

RADAMES
Of course. Of course, we can. But first, I'd like to have a word with my
father.
(He takes a scroll from the table and hands it to AMNERIS.)
Here, you can read this while you wait.

AMNERIS
"The Campaign at Kadesh."

RADAMES
It will give us something to talk about.

AMNERIS
I didn't realize we were at a loss for topics. But then there's a lot I
haven't realized

(AMNERIS exits.)

RADAMES
That was clever of you.

ZOSER
I can't have you neglecting the girl. Not after all the trouble I've gone to.

RADAMES
You arranged a marriage.

ZOSER
There have been other arrangements as well, son. Things I've done on your
behalf.

RADAMES
I haven't asked you to do anything for me!

ZOSER
No you're right, you haven't because you've been too busy whiling away the
hours with that slave girl.

RADAMES
Oh, your spies are good.

ZOSER
Radames, you can have your little diversion, just wait until after you've wed.

RADAMES
Like you did?

ZOSER
Your mother never had any complaints.

RADAMES
She never had any choice.

ZOSER
Don't you realize that whore could cost you the throne?

RADAMES
I don't care about the throne, father. Because I'm not like you. And I never
will be.
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