CHAPTER III - LUCY DE LIMA
TIME: 1700 (Greenwich).
WILLIAM WONT, Lord of Glennnn
LUCY WAGSTAFF, his daughter
BERTRAM, her lover
LORD ROGER, friend of Bertram.
Irma, attendant to Lucy
Friends, Retainers and Members
of the local Lodge of Elks.
“Lucy de Lima,” is founded
on the well-known story by Boccaccio of the same name
Gypsy Camp Near Waterbury. The
gypsies, led by Edith, go singing through the camp
on the way to the fair. Following them comes Despard,
the gypsy leader, carrying Ethel, whom he has just
kidnapped from her father, who had previously just
kidnapped her from her mother. Despard places
Ethel on the ground and tells Mona, the old hag, to
watch over her. Mona nurses a secret grudge against
Despard for having once cut off her leg and decides
to change Ethel for Nettie, another kidnapped child.
Ethel pleads with Mona to let her stay with Despard,
for she has fallen in love with him on the ride over.
But Mona is obdurate.
The Fair. A crowd
of sightseers and villagers is present. Roger
appears, looking for Laura. He can not find her.
Laura appears, looking for Roger. She can not
find him. The gypsy queen approaches Roger and
thrusts into his hand the locket stolen from Lord Brym.
Roger looks at it and is frozen with astonishment,
for it contains the portrait of his mother when she
was in high school. He then realizes that Laura
must be his sister, and starts out to find her.
Hall in the Castle. Lucy
is seen surrounded by every luxury, but her heart
is sad. She has just been shown a forged letter
from Stewart saying that he no longer loves her, and
she remembers her old free life in the mountains and
longs for another romp with Ravensbane and Wolfshead,
her old pair of rompers. The guests begin to assemble
for the wedding, each bringing a roast ox. They
chide Lucy for not having her dress changed.
Just at this moment the gypsy band bursts in and Cleon
tells the wedding party that Elsie and not Edith is
the child who was stolen from the summer-house, showing
the blood-stained derby as proof. At this, Lord
Brym repents and gives his blessing on the pair, while
the fishermen and their wives celebrate in the courtyard.