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Act I At the turn of the current century in the picturesque gardens of a lovely Japanese villa on the outskirts of Nagasaki a local marriage broker Goro explains that he has arranged a marriage with an adolescent Japanese girl for Lieutenant Pinkerton of the United States Navy Both the marriage contract and the accompanying rental agreement for a home are presented to Pinkerton for his pleasure and convenience during the term of his service in Japan Both are cancelable upon the same conditions thirty days notice When United States Consul Sharpless comes calling he warns Pinkerton that such an arrangement invites tragedy The young lady in question he says Cio-Cio-San is known as Madame Butterfly because of her femininity and sensitive nature Certainly this sort of cavalier treatment will eventually break her tender heart The self-indulgent Pinkerton ignores the older mans advice making it clear he considers the wedding a game that hell be glad to be married legitimately someday in the United States to an American woman Butterfly appears accompanied by her family She is an innocent girl of fifteen who arrives carrying her most precious personal treasures in her sleeve -- a little jewelry and a dagger her father used to commit suicide on orders from the Mikado The marriage ceremony proceeds and the assemblage toasts the couple In the midst of a happy moment the Bonze a Japanese priest sweeps in with a stern denunciation of the bride She has forsaken her religion and turned to Christianity in deference to her new husband he announces He declares her an outcast and the entire family supports his damning judgment Pinkerton sends them all away and proceeds to woo Butterfly They proclaim their attraction to one another in a love duet and the curtain falls as the couple happily enters their new home Act II Madame Butterfly has lived alone in the little home above Nagasaki for three years
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