(At the ball. Musicians at stage right rear. Dancers in action. GUNDA, heavily jeweled, is left front. MARKUS and STEFAN talk left rear. LEA dances in with ULRICH. )
LEA: (Sees GUNDA. Stops dancing.) Why, Gunda, you’re looking lovely this evening.
GUNDA: Of course. People expect it.
LEA: Of course, dear. Why you’ve been a beautiful maiden for decades, haven’t you?
GUNDA: (To Ulrich.) If you can’t control your dog, you really should leave her at home. (Walks to stage left rear.)
LEA: (Watches GUNDA. Turns to ULRICH.) Must be past her bedtime, poor old dear.
(LEA and ULRICH resume dancing. LEA stops stage center near KARINA.)
LEA: Karina, so glad you are here tonight.
KARINA: I’m sure.
(MARKUS aproaches unnoticed.)
LEA: I am so looking forward to your moving to Ritter House.
LEA: We always have such a problem getting rid of the table scraps when you aren’t here.
MARKUS: Lea, that’s enough. Excuse us, Ulrich, Karina. Lea and I must talk.
(ULRICH and KARINA dance away.)
MARKUS: I didn’t throw this ball so you could insult my guests.
LEA: Well, what do you expect. I’m bored. You promised to introduce me to a tall, handsome duke-to-be. I certainly don’t see one.
MARKUS: Hardly fitting when you’re so enthralled with Ulrich.
LEA: Isn’t he handsome tonight? I know he wants to marry me, Markus. You must talk wth him tonight.
MARKUS: So you don’t want to meet Stefan?
LEA: It might be amusing. Let me see him. (MARKUS takes LEA’S arm and guides her.) You can’t mean that small, brown creature?
MARKUS: You behave. He’s seen us approaching.
LEA: But he’s not handsome at all.
MARKUS: Do this for me. (Reaches out to STEFAN.) Lea, allow me to introduce my friend Stefan.
LEA: No. No, I won’t allow it. (LEA walks off stage left.)