* A group of women from Canterbury known as the Chorus introduce themselves as witnesses to an oncoming tragedy.
* Following the Chorus, three priests also lament the seven-year absence of Archbishop Becket and the political intrigue that has occurred in that time.
* A messenger arrives to tells the priests that Archbishop Becket has returned to England and is on his way to the Cathedral.
* The Chorus begs Becket to return to France to avoid calamity and are admonished by the Priests for voicing their nagging doubts.
* Archbishop Thomas Becket arrives at the Cathedral where he is welcomed by the Priests.
* Becket explains an intricate plot to avoid danger on his journey to Canterbury.
* The First of Four Tempters enters and attempts to take advantage of one of Becket's hubris': the love of pleasure; Becket rejects his temptations easily.
* The Second Tempter enters to offer Becket his former political...
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