* A poor student called Arkneholz has witnessed the burning down of a house. He has spent all night tending to the wounded.
* The student gets a drink from a water fountain. He meets a milkmaid and they talk about the student's experiences the previous night. The milkmaid helps the student wash out his smoke-filled eyes.
* A man called Jacob Hummel approaches the student and asks him who he is talking to. It seems the milkmaid is nothing but an apparition.
* The student admits that Jacob knows his father, but says his father does not remember Jacob fondly. Apparently he thinks he is the cause of his bankruptcy.
* The student agrees to help Jacob with a few things. In exchange Jacob says he will help the student take advantage of his status as a hero.
* The Old Man tells the students he wants him to buy tickets for...
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