A short 20 line scene in a lovely place. I was just here for the Royal Wedding and it’s much quieter here than it was a few weeks ago. The Abbey has a gorgeous exterior – intimate and ornate. I’ve never been inside – should have some good reason for coming back to London anyway.
The scene exists to establish the set-up with Julia’s ring. Sometimes I think Wagner copied Shakespeare for all of his ideas. The obsession with objects that are innocently introduced but become the linchpins to huge plot points is not Shakespeare’s invention, though rings are some of his favorite little-big items. Actually, nothing in Wagner is innocently introduced, I take that back. But with Shakespeare, as somewhat in this scene, they are mere love tokens between parting lovers, separated by their parents. And it seems they will be true….
But let’s feature a couple beautiful lines:
9 And when that hour o’erslips me in the day
10 Wherein I sigh not, Juila, for thy sake,
11 The next ensuing hour some foul mischance
12 Torment me for my love’s forgetfulness.
13 My father stays my coming; answer not.
14 The tide is now – nay, not the tide of tears,
15 That tide will stay me longer than I should.
16 Julia farewell.
It’s Perfect verse, beautifully stated and ideally effortless for the actor if they just ride it out, have a good scene partner, and at least once, have loved and lost enough to know the value of the whole ordeal.