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Act II

Andrew’s warning has become true – Ivan left Catherina and their baby. Catherina’s elderly parents can hardly keep up with the shame on them and their only daughter. Catherina is the only person who still believes that Ivan will come back.

Andrew’s feelings toward Catherina have not changed; he still loves her. Despite all the misfortunes he is trying to convince Catherina’s parents to agree with his proposal to Catherina. They are touched by Andrew’s loyalty but are afraid that if Andrew and Catherina get married everyone will know the whole story. They refuse. Having lost the last hope Andrew is in despair. Father is scolding Mother. She was not too good at looking after her daughter. Father orders Mother to send their daughter away, off the sight-off the heart.

The poor girl is pleading her mother not to send her away with the baby in arms. However, unwritten rules the villagers follow cannot be changed.


    October, 2016