(Abel's room again, and precisely as in the first scene, Abel is lying on the catafalque with the tapers burning. Arriving onstage are Eualalia, Malachi, Lilith and the Chief Judge. They are in a jolly mood, and as they come on from offstage. Eulalia is speaking)
EULALIA: Oh, that was a delightful party. Such wonderful food, and such speeches Hermann I didn't know you could be so eloquent-(She sees Abel lying there)
MALACHI Look, there's Abel
EULALIA: It is happening again
CHIEF JUDGE: There's something in his hands--
EULALIA: It's probably the Certificate of Appearance to the Qualifying Board.
LILITH: No, it's the Voucher for the League of Options
MALACHI: No, it's the subpoena for the Chamber of Degrees.
CHIEF JUDGE: It's the Warrant of Office of the Chief Executioner.
LILITH: I have it. It's the Permanent Season Pass.
EULALIA: Nonsense, it's the Order of Execution.
CHIEF JUDGE: No, it must be the Mother of the Millennium Award.
LILITH: It's the invitation to the Award Reception
Why not just read it--(takes the Scroll from Abel's hands)
from catafalque) Yes, it's a unique suicide note
about the only
suicide ever done for the sake of an audience. (Takes Scroll from Malachi