Spain, early XX century. Mountain village. The play begins in the house of the Bridegroom. Mother, learning that he is going to the vineyard and wants to take a knife, breaks into curses to the one who invented the knives, and the guns and pistols are all that can kill a man. Her husband and elder son are dead, perished in knife fights with the Felix family, the hated Mother. The mother hardly endures the idea of the wedding, the bride is annoyed in advance, the Bridegroom leaves, the Neighbor appears. The mother asks her about the Bride and finds out that the first one had a fiancé who has already been married to her cousin for two years. This is Leonardo, from the Felix family, who was very small at the time of the quarrel between the two families. Mother decides not to tell her
The house of Leonardo. Mother-in-law Leonardo sings a lullaby to her child “about a high horse that does not want water.” Leonardo’s wife knits. Leonardo enters. He just came from the smithy, changed the horse’s horseshoe. To the wife it seems that Leonardo travels too much on him, and yesterday he was seen on the plain. Leonardo says he was not there. His wife informs Leonardo about the forthcoming wedding of his cousin in a month. Leonardo is getting dark. The wife wants to know what oppresses him, but he abruptly breaks it off and leaves. Leonardo’s wife and mother-in-law continue to sing a lullaby “about a high horse.” My wife is crying.
The bride and groom come to the house of the Bride to make a match. The Father of the Bride comes to them. They agree on the day of the wedding. The mother remembers her deceased eldest son every time. The Bride appears. The Bridegroom’s mother instructs her, explaining what it means to get married: “Husband, children and a wall two cubits thick – that’s all.” The bride seriously promises: “I will be able to live like this.” After the departure of the Bridegroom and the Mother, the Maid wants to consider the presents brought to the Bride (among them – delicate silk stockings, “women’s
Wedding day. The maid puts the bride’s hair in a convoluted hairstyle. The bride stops all the free talk of the Servant about marriage. She is gloomy, but full of determination, and the servant’s question whether she loves her fiancé, answers in the affirmative. There is a knock. The maid opens the door to the first guest. They are Leonardo. The bride and Leonardo are talking like quarreled and mortally offended lovers. “I have pride, that’s why I’m getting married, I’m locked in with my husband, whom I should love more than anything else,” says the Bride. “Pride will not help you… […] Silently burning is the most terrible punishment that we can put ourselves in. Did my pride help me, helped that I did not see you, and you did not sleep at night? Not at all! Only I was all in the fire! You think that time heals, and the walls hide everything, but this is not so. What gets into the heart, you can not tear it out! “- Leonardo’s rebuke sounds.” The servant tries to drive Leonardo away. “The song of the approaching guests is heard:” You wake up, bride, / This is the wedding morning… “The bride runs away to her. The guests appear and read the poetry to the Bride: “Come down, darkie, / silk trail / wail along the echoing steps.” The Bride appears in a black dress of the nineties, with flounces and a wide train, a wreath on her head. Leonardo and his wife. “They are family members. Today is the day when we must forgive, “says the Bride’s Father,” I endure, but I do not forgive, “the bride replies:” I want to be your wife, to stay with you alone and hear only your voice. “The Bridegroom with the Bride and the guests leave. On the stage are Leonardo and his Wife. She asks her husband not to leave on horseback, to go with her together in a wagon. They are arguing. “I do not understand what’s wrong with you,” the wife confesses, “I do not even want to think, I know one thing: my life is broken, but I have a child, and I expect another […] But I will not give up my.” They go together. Voices behind the stage continue to sing: “Remember that from home / you go to church.” Remember that the star / you leave bright! ” Before entering the house of the Bride, the Servant, singing, arranges trays and glasses on the table. The Mother of the Bridegroom and the Father of the Bride enter. Mother with difficulty leaves the thoughts of her dead loved ones and together with the Father of the Bride dreams of her grandchildren, of a large family. But Mother understands that it will take a long time to wait. (“That’s why it’s terrible to watch your blood flow through the earth.” The brook dries up in a minute, but to us he is worth many years of life… “) There are cheerful guests, and young people follow them by the arm, Leonardo almost immediately goes inside the house, and after a few minutes the Bride leaves, and when she returns, the girls come to her for pins: which she will give a pin earlier, she will soon get married.) The bride is excited, it is clear that in her heart there is a struggle, she absently responds to the girls. In the depths of the scene passes Leonardo. The bride seems that the Bride is alarmed. She denies this, asks him not to depart from her, although he shies away from his embrace. “Leonardo’s wife ssprashivaet guests about it: it can not find it and it is not a horse in a stall Bride takes a break Some time later, found her absence Included Leonardo’s wife screaming:… “They ran! They fled! She and Leonardo! On the horse. Embraced and flew a whirlwind! ” The wedding splits into two camps. The groom and his relatives rush into the pursuit. Forest. Night. Three woodcutters talk about the fate of fugitives. One of them believes: “We must listen to the heart, they did well that they fled.” Another agrees: “Better to bleed to death and die than to live with rotten blood.” The third woodcutter speaks of the Bridegroom: “He flew like an angry star, his face was ash gray, and the fate of his kind was written on it.” They are going away. The scene lights up with a bright blue light. It appears the Moon in the form of a young lumberjack with a pale face. He reads a monologue in verse: “I am a light swan on the river, / I am the eye of gloomy cathedrals, / on the leaves the imaginary dawn, / I’m everything, they can not hide anywhere.” “Let them not have a shadow, / no place where they could hide!” “Oh, I want to get into the heart / and keep warm in it!” Give the heart – / let her breast leave her / and spread out over the mountains! / Oh, let me penetrate the heart, / penetrate into the heart… “The moon disappears behind the trees, the scene plunges into darkness.” Death enters the image of Poverty… The beggar calls the Moon and asks for more light, “to light the waistcoat and shade the buttons “,” and there the knives will find their way. “The groom appears accompanied by one of the young men, and the groom has just heard the trampling of hoofs, which he could not confuse with any other. The groom and the young man diverge not to miss the fugitives. The groom appears Pischenka-Death. “A handsome young man,” observes, looking at the Bridegroom, Nischenka. “But you must be more beautiful than the sleeper.” She leaves with the Bridegroom, and the Bride and Leonardo enter, and they have a passionate dialogue between them. “Leonardo:” What glass pierced the tongue! / La wanted to forget you, / built a stone wall / I between our houses. When I saw you far away, I covered my eyes with sand. / And what? I mounted the horse, / and the horse flew to your door… “The bride echoes him:” How it all mixed up! I do not want to share with you bed and food. / And what? You, not a minute, / when I did not aspire to you. / You attract me – I’m going. / You say that I’m back, / but I’m flying through the air / to you after a little light. “The bride persuades Leonardo to run, but he carries her along with him, and they leave, embracing, very slowly, the moon comes in. The scene is flooded with a bright blue light. Suddenly, two heart-rending screams are heard one by one: At the second scream, Nischenka appears, stops in the middle of the scene with her back to the audience and opens her cloak, becoming like a bird with huge wings. White room. Arches, thick walls. On the right and on the left are white benches. Brilliant white floor. Two girls in dark blue dresses unwind a red ball and sing: “The lover is speechless / all the scarlet is the bridegroom. / On the shore of the dead / I saw them,” Enter the wife and mother-in-law of Leonardo. The wife wants to go back and find out what happened, but the mother-in-law sends her home: “Go to your home.” Take heart: / henceforth you will be lonely / live in this house, it will grow old / and cry, only the door, remember, / in it He will not open / He is dead or alive, but we will fill all the windows / rain and nights / let your tears fall / to the bitterness of the grasses. ” They are going away. Appears beggar. Asking the girls, she answers: “I saw them, there will soon be two streams / / The hour has passed – they are frozen / between the big stones.” Two of the two men sleep at the feet of the horse motionless. / Dead both. The night shines / with beauty. They are killed! / Yes, they are killed! “The beggar, and then the girls leave, and soon the Mother and the Neighbor appear, the neighbor is crying, and the Mother’s eyes are dry, now she has nothing to be disturbed, for all are dead.” She no longer has to worry about her son, look out the window The bride enters in a black cloak, the mother comes threateningly towards her, but, seizing herself, stops, then strikes the Bride, the neighbor tries to stand up, but the Bride says that she does not want to see anyone and does not want to show her grief. then came to be killed and buried next to the dead. ” they will bury me clean – no man admired the whiteness of my breast. “She tries to explain to the Mother her flight:” I was burnt in the fire, all the soul in my wounds and wounds, and your son was for me a stream of water – I waited from him children, comfort, healing power. But the one was a dark river, an autumnal branch, the excitement of rushes and the dull roar of waves that excited me… “The bride asks the Mother for permission to cry with her, and she permits, but at the door.” The funeral procession is approaching. their. How tired shoulders! / Four young lovers / carry death to death in the air! “