Sergeant Musgrave's Dance Summary & Study Guide

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Act I: Scene One

Serjeant Musgrave's Dance opens on a wharf in the north of England in 1880. Three British Army soldiers Hurst, Attercliffe, and Sparky are nervously waiting for the arrival of their superior officer, Serjeant Musgrave. The Bargee (barge driver) appears first, ready to drive the three soldiers to their destination on his barge. Musgrave arrives and the men depart.

Act I: Scene Three

The four soldiers meet up in the churchyard and compare notes on the town. They agree that the townspeople are resentful and fearful of them. Three colliers (coal miners) threaten the soldiers, accusing them of coming to break the miner's strike. Musgrave assures them that they are not.

When the colliers leave, Musgrave begins to reveal his true plan take revenge on the town for Hicks's death and to drive home the hardships of military life. The soldiers are worried that they will...

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