The play begins in the bedroom of Raina Petkoff in a Bulgarian town in 1885

The play begins in the bedroom of Raina Petkoff in a Bulgarian town in 1885

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Unformatted text preview: The play begins in the bedroom of Raina Petkoff in a Bulgarian town in 1885, during the Serbo- Bulgarian War. As the play opens, Catherine Petkoff and her daughter, Raina, have just heard that the Bulgarians have scored a tremendous victory in a cavalry charge led by Raina's fianc, Major Sergius Saranoff, who is in the same regiment as Raina's father, Major Paul Petkoff. Raina is so impressed with the noble deeds of her fianc that she fears that she might never be able to live up to his nobility. At this very moment, the maid, Louka, rushes in with the news that the Serbs are being chased through the streets and that it is necessary to lock up the house and all of the windows. Raina promises to do so later, and Louka leaves. But as Raina is reading in bed, shots are heard, there is a noise at the balcony window, and a bedraggled enemy soldier with a gun appears and...
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