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[Describing the ballet of the Red Shoes
] Boris Lermontov
: "The Ballet of The Red Shoes" is from a fairy tale by Hans Andersen. It is the story of a young girl who is devoured with an ambition to attend a dance in a pair of Red Shoes. She gets the shoes and goes to the dance. For a time, all goes well and she is very happy. At the end of the evening she is tired and wants to go home, but the Red Shoes are not tired. In fact, the Red Shoes are never tired. They dance her out into the street, they dance her over the mountains and valleys, through fields and forests, through night and day. Time rushes by, love rushes by, life rushes by, but the Red Shoes go on. Julian Craster
: What happens in the end? Boris Lermontov
: Oh, in the end, she dies.
[holding doors closed
: They're going mad, sir. It's the students.
] Julian Craster
: Down with tyrants! Manager, Covent Garden
: All right, let them in.
] Victoria Page
: Julian? Julian Craster
: Yes, my darling? Victoria Page
: Take off the red shoes.
: Vicky? Victoria Page
: Julian I love you! Julian Craster
: But you love that more.
: One day when I'm old, I want some lovely young girl to say to me, "Tell me, where in your long life, Mr. Caster, were you most happy?" And I shall say, 'Well, my dear, I never knew the exact place. It was somewhere on the Mediterranean. I was with Victoria Page." "What?" she will say. "Do you mean the famous dancer?" I will nod. "Yes, my dear, I do. Then she was quite young, comparatively unspoiled. We were, I remember, very much in love."