The play opens at night in a lady

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The play opens at night in a lady's bedchamber in a small Bulgarian town in 1885, the year of the  Serbo-Bulgarian war. The room is decorated in the worst possible taste, a taste reflected in the  mistress' (Catherine Petkoff's) desire to seem as cultured and as Viennese as possible. But the room  is furnished with only cheap bits of Viennese things; the other pieces of furniture come from the  Turkish Ottoman Empire, reflecting the long occupation by the Turks of the Balkan peninsula. On the  balcony, standing and staring at the romantic beauty of the night, "intensely conscious that her own  youth and beauty are a part of it," is young Raina Petkoff. Just inside, conspicuously visible, is a box  of chocolate creams, which will play an important part later in this act and which will ultimately  become a symbol of the type of war which Shaw will satirize. Raina's mother, Catherine Petkoff, is a woman who could easily pass for a splendid specimen of the 
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