Act 1* The opening set is a cave-like stone cellar. * The opening set is of a rooming house. * The rooming house is run by Mikhail Ivanoff Kostilyoff and his wife Vassilisa Karpovna. * The rooming house looks like a prison cell. * Kvashyna, a vendor of baked lobsters, says she wouldn't marry again. * Andrei Mitritch Kleshtch is a locksmith. * Bubnoff is a cap maker. * Nastya is a street walker for a living. * Nastya reads romance novels and the Baron teases her for it. * Anna Kleshtch has been beaten by her husband her entire married life. * Anna is dying a slow and painful death due to the years of abuse. * Kvashnya offers Anna food that Anna turns around and offers to her husband. * Kleshtch tells the Actor it is his turn to sweep the floor. * The Actor argues that it is the Baron's turn to sweep the floor. * Satine tells a familiar...
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