Richard and Marjorie are quarreling over Richard's intention to support a portion of a Liberal education bill. She is convinced he will ruin his political career and give up any chance of being in Cabinet when the Tories are re-elected. She also feels he is being disloyal to her family to which Richard owes his career and current standing. As her relationship with her husband deteriorates Lady Marjorie makes the acquaintance of Captain Charles Hammond, a friend of her son James. Although much older than he, they have a great deal in common, including a love of the opera. Soon they are having a passionate affair and the servants are well aware of the situation. Richard only begins to realize what has happened when there is news of an accident at a regatta that James and Hammond were to attend.
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Chattering, whispering servants can spread scandal like the rats with the plague.
from "Tristan and Isolde." (uncredited)
Composed by Richard Wagner
Performed offscreen at the opera house See more