Don Jose encourages the King in his infatuation for Maritana, a dancing girl, believing that when the Queen discovers the clandestine love affair, she, in revenge, will listen to his suit. It would aid his plans if Maritana is made a noble. Don Caesar de Bazan, a swashbuckling adventurer is under sentence of death for having violated the edict against dueling. Don Jose induces the doomed man to consent to marry Maritana. He then informs the girl that the adventurer is anxious to make her his wife, and that he will restore Don Caesar to position immediately after the ceremony. Unaware of the Prime Minister's duplicity, Maritana agrees to the marriage. Don Jose cunningly contrives to keep the doomed man in ignorance of his bride's identity by compelling Maritana to wear a veil during the ceremony. While this is taking place Lazarillo, whom Don Caesar had befriended, extracts the bullets from the guns belonging to the soldiers who are to be the groom's executioners. The marriage over, ...
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