Prologue from PRINCESS MALEINE
Princess Maleine, a retelling of a Maeterlinck play, is based on a Brothers Grimm tale. The princess is expected to marry Prince Hjalmar, of a neighboring kingdom, but their fathers start a war. Maleine is consigned to a tower but escapes with her handmaiden. Boldly concealing her identity, she becomes aservant in the house of Hjalmar. The prince is by now engaged to Ursula, whose mother Queen Anne has insinuated herself into King Hjalmar’s court. Anne discovers Maleine's identity and coaxes the Kingto help her kill her daughter’s rival. Horrified by the murder, the prince kills Anne and then himself.