Act 1, Scenes 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5
• Gallimard appears in a cell and begins to narrate the story that brought him to his imprisonment and "celebrity" status.
• Gallimard begins to reenact the story of Puccini's Madame Butterfly, illustrated by characters from his life.
• Gallimard has a flashback of a moment he had with his school friend, Marc, who is his exact opposite.
• Gallimard fantasizes about a pin-up girl undressing for him.
• Gallimard continues to illustrate the important plot points of Madame Butterfly.
Act 1, Scenes 6, 7, 8 and 9
• Song reenacts the death scene of Madame Butterfly at a German ambassador's house, after which she meets Gallimard for the first time.
• Helga and Gallimard speak of their opinions of living in the East.
• Gallimard visits the Chinese opera house where Song performs; she begins to flirt with him.
• Gallimard has a dream in which his school friend Marc congratulates him on finding Song.
• Song wakes Gallimard...
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