* It is nighttime in Seville, Spain, and Count Almaviva, disguised as a priest and afraid he will be recognized by either the woman's over-protective guardian or one of his friends from the royal court, paces the street as he waits for Rosine to appear at her window.
* He is willing to run the risk of being caught in the hope of winning Rosine's affection.
* He feels confused about his situation: on the one hand, he is leaving behind the various, easily obtained pleasures of the court, but he is also tired of the constant pursuit of those pleasures; he longs to be loved for who he is, rather than for his position or his money.
* Figaro comes in with a guitar hung over his shoulder and a pencil and paper in his hand; composing a song, he goes through several different sets of lyrics before settling...
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