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Miss Julie By August Strindberg Joe Wilson Theatre History II GENRE Naturalistic Tragedy SETTING Midsummer Eve in the kitchen of the Count Later midsummer morning same THEMES JULIE Arent you my friend JEAN Yes Sometimes But dont rely on me What I fancied I saw the bell move - No Shall we stuff it with paper - Fancy being so afraid of a bell - Yes but it isnt only a bell - theres someone behind it - a hand that sets it in motion - and something else that sets the hand in motion JEAN DRAMATIS PERSONAE Miss Julie 25 daughter of the Count Jean 30 a valet Kristin 35 a cook Chorus of peasants Roles for 1 man and 2 women plus chorus SYNOPSIS It is midsummers eve and the servants of the Count are busy with their revelry Jean enters to report to Kristen the unseeming behavior of Miss Julie Miss Julie enters and forces Jean to return to the peasants dance and dance with her Later Jean returns to the kitchen with Miss Julie coming quickly behind Over drinks Jean tells her of his love for her They exit to Jeans bedroom and have sex while the peasants storm the kitchen and dance Jean and Miss Julie return from their encounter and he tells her of his grand plan to start a hotel to be run by him and funded by her as the first step toward his becoming a nobleman Miss Julie checks her funds and reveals that she hasnt enough money to help him Jean then reveals that his professed love for her was a lie and tries to convince her that the only recourse is for her to run away They discuss their options into the night and the next morning Miss Julie goes to prepare herself to go She steals money from the Count to fund
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