* The play opens in the garden of a Cardinal of the Catholic Church; there are two chairs, one obviously larger for His Eminence.
* Off to the side is a birdcage with some foliage and two bright red cardinals.
* A man, who we come to soon know as a lawyer, is cooing and talking to the birds, trying to engage them to interact with him; unbeknownst to him, however, the Cardinal enters the courtyard through an iron gate and moves quietly toward the man and watches him with mild amusement.
* "Saint Francis?" the Cardinal says as he addresses the man; the lawyer turns around, sees the Cardinal and is flustered and a bit embarrassed at having been discovered cooing to the caged birds.
* The Cardinal ignores his discomfort and explains that Saint Francis was a friend to all animals and often talked to creatures; in an attempt...
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