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The Grand-Duke's secretary
A valet de chambre
Several Sorrentine musicians and fishermen
COMTESSE DE CHAMPIGNY
Sister-in-law of Hawcastle
ACT I.--The terrace of the Hotel Regina Margherita on the cliff at
ACT II.--The entrance garden. Afternoon.
ACT III.--An apartment in the hotel. Evening.
ACT IV.--The terrace. Morning.
The time is the present.
The scene is Sorrento, in Southern Italy.
THE FIRST ACT
SCENE: The terrace of the Hotel Regina Margherita, on the cliff at
Sorrento, overlooking the Bay of Naples.
There is a view of the bay and its semi-circular coast-line, dotted with
villages; Vesuvius gray in the distance. Across the stage at the rear
runs a marble balustrade about three feet high, guarding the edge of the
cliff. Upon the left is seen part of one wing of the hotel, entrance to
which is afforded by wide-open double doors approached by four or five
marble steps with a railing and small stoop. The hotel is of pink and
white stucco, and striped awnings shield the windows. Upon the right is
a lemon grove and shrubberies. There are two or three small white wicker
tea-tables and a number of wicker chairs upon the left, and a square
table laid with white cloth on the right.
As the curtain rises mandolins and guitars are heard, and the
"Fisherman's Song," the time very rapid and gay, the musicians being
eggs, coffee, and rolls for two. He is a pleasant-faced, elderly man,
stout, swarthy, clean shaven; wears dress-clothes, white waist-coat, and
black tie. He is annoyed by the music.
MARIANO [calling to the unseen musicians crossly]. Silenzio!
[MICHELE enters from the hotel. He is young, clean-shaven except for a
dark mustache, wears a white tie, a blue coat, cut like dress-coat, blue
trousers with red side stripes, brass buttons; his waistcoat is of
striped red and blue.]
MICHELE [speaking over his shoulder]. Par ici, Monsieur Ribiere, pour le
[RIBIERE enters from the hotel.]
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