Ring around the Moon Chapter Abstracts for Teachers

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Act 1, Scene 1

• The entire play takes place in a conservatory with many plants, in a French chateau belonging to Madame Desmortes.

• A butler, Joshua, and a young aristocrat, Hugo, discuss the odd habit of Hugo's twin, Frederic.

• Frederic chooses to sleep in the rhododendron bushes outside the window of his fiancee, Diana.

• Diana Messerschmann and her father, a multimillionaire, are guests at the state of Madame Desmortes.

• Madame Desmortes is the aunt of Hugo and Frederic, and also aunt to the twins' cousin, Lady India.

• Joshua and Hugo attribute Frederic's strange behavior to his emotional temperament and the rapture of love.

• Joshua believes Hugo is more mature than his twin, Frederic, because Hugo is ten minutes older.

• Hugo exits and then Frederic enters -- a necessity throughout the play, because one actor is expected to play the parts of both twins.

• Frederic asks Joshua if his fiancee, Diana...

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