Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) - Stuff That Happens In The Play
STUFF THAT HAPPENS
Stuff That Happens IN the Play...
• Catherine Petkoff tells her daughter, Raina, that Sergius (Raina’s fiancé) has led the Bulgarian calvalry to a major victory over the Serbians; their maid, Louka, warns them to close the windows and lock the shutters while the calvary pursues enemy stragglers.
• After Raina ignores the orders to lock her window, a bedraggled Serbian artillery soldier climbs into the room. When Bulgarian soldiers arrive and demand to search the room, Raina hides the Serbian soldier.
• Raina and the soldier talk about the realities of war, Raina’s fiancé, and chocolates. Raina goes to find her mother to enlist her help in hiding the “chocolate cream soldier.” When they return, he is in bed fast asleep.
• Four months later, in the garden of Major Petkoff, the manservant Nicola lectures Louka (his fiancé) on the importance of proper respect for the upper class. Louka insists she is going to marry someone who doesn’t have the “soul of a servant.”
• Major Petkoff and Sergius return from war and recount the now-famous story of how a Swiss soldier escaped by climbing into the bedroom of a noble Bulgarian woman. Raina and Sergius declare that they have found a “higher love.”
• Raina leaves to get her hat, and Sergius immediately starts flirting with Louka by complaining how tiring it is to be involved with a “higher love.” Louka declares that Raina was involved in an affair while Sergius was at war. Sergius attempts to get Louka to reveal the lover, bruising her arm in the process.
• Raina and Catherine are shocked that Sergius and Major Petkoff know the story about the Serbian soldier, when the “chocolate cream soldier” himself arrives at their door.
• Coat-swapping, compliments, dueling, and romance ensues.