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The Caucasian Chalk Circle Plot Notes Scene 1 Representatives from two kolchos villages meet to decide who should have control of a valley that was taken from the Galinsk kolchos by the Rosa Luxemburg kolchos during the war. They argue it out and finally agree on a proposal from the agronomist in favour of the Rosa Luxemburg keeping the valley as they could put it to better use. A singer is invited to perform a story to help them with their problem. This is called "The Chalk Circle" and starts in scene two. Scene 2 The singer introduces the governor, Georgi Abashvili and his family and entourage. We also meet Prince Kazbeki outside the church. Everyone goes into the church. When they return Prince Kazbeki has set up an ambush to capture the governor who is killed. The governor's wife runs away leaving behind her son. In the mean time we meet Grusha Vachnadze, a kitchen maid, and Simon Chachava, a soldier of the palace guard. ...read more.


Grusha hits the corporal, takes the child and runs away. She crosses a rotting bridge and the Ironshirts don't dare to follow her. Scene 4 Grusha and Michael reach Grusha's brother in the northern mountains. Grusha is ill from her journey and is invited by her brother to stay with them until the spring. In the spring, the brother, Lavrenti, tells Grusha that she must marry to cover for the child. Grusha agrees to marry a dying man, so that she will be widowed when Simon returns from the war. Grusha marries, but when the groom hears that the war is over he reveals that he was faking it to avoid fighting in the war, so Grusha has a husband. Simon returns and Grusha tells him that she is married; he sees the child and assumes that it is her with her husband. At that moment two Ironshirts come to take Michael away. Grusha cries out that he is hers, and Simon runs away. ...read more.


Natella has two lawyers. One of them reveals that Natella needs Michael to get into the palace and to get the money that was her husbands before he was killed. Halfway through the trial Azdak loses interest and sees an old couple who want to divorce. Before he signs their divorce papers he goes back to Grusha's trial. He uses the test of the chalk circle, which involves standing the child in the middle of a circle and each woman trying to pull him out. Grusha lets go, the trial is repeated and she lets go again crying that she doesn't want to hurt him. Azdak gives Michael to Grusha and sends Natella away, declaring that her money will go to build a park for the children. Azdak signs a divorce for Grusha and her husband instead of the old couple and then steps down from his position as judge. Simon agrees to stay with Grusha and Michael and Azdak disappears. The singer declares that the moral of the story is that everything should go to those that are good for them.Document1 Drama Coursework. Stephanie Carter ...read more.

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