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KING MENG BENG (Lord of a Thousand White Elephants, Countless Umbrellas and other attributes of greatness).

U. RAI GYAN THOO (A Prime Minister).

SHAH MAH PHRU (A Girl, half Italian, half Burmese, of dazzling beauty).

DHAMMATHAT (Legal Adviser to the Court).

HIP LOONG (A Chinese Wizard of great repute).

MOUNG PHO MHIN (Minister of Finance).

TWO ENVOYS FROM THE KING OF CEYLON.

NOBLES, COURTIERS, SOOTHSAYERS, POONYGEES, DANCING GIRLS, BETEL-NUT CARRIERS, UMBRELLA BEARERS, FOLLOWERS, SERVANTS, SLAVES, amongst whom are several CHINESE but no INDIANS.

TIME:  The Sixteenth Century.