Susana, a beautiful young girl living in 1990, is happily looking forward to her forthcoming marriage - and has bought an antique mirror to grace her future home. Three weeks before the ...
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Susana, a beautiful young girl living in 1990, is happily looking forward to her forthcoming marriage - and has bought an antique mirror to grace her future home. Three weeks before the wedding, the mirror is delivered to her Grandmother's home and taken to Susana's room. Later that day, when looking into the glass, Susana is startled to see the image of a handsome soldier, Nicolas (from 1863), instead of her own reflection. It soon becomes obvious that he can see Susana as clearly as she can see him - and life, for them both, is never quite the same again. Written by
David McAnally <D.McAnally@uq.net.au>
Susana will marry the son of a prominent family in three weeks. With her grandma she bought a mirror which is, returning, put up: "No, grandma, The mirror goes over there. When alone, mirroring herself, she suddenly sees in the mirror a man entering. Taking from a cub board a gun, ready to kill himself. But going towards the mirror he suddenly, looking into the mirror he sees the girl. She rushes downstairs, calling her grandma, telling her that a soldier is about to shoot himself. In the mirror. Grandma, cautious,looks: sees nobody. Only the reflection of the room: "No show, he went away without saying god-by." Scene 2. Night. The soldier tends a lamp to look at the woman on the other side of the mirror. Scene 3. She combs her hair. Two different lamps, her own and in the mirror. With a sheet she hides the mirror. In scene 4 she looks with her fiancé in a book, discovering the mirror man, anti-imperialist army officers who fought under the orders of general Zaragoza in 1862. Scene 5: nervous she wanders back and forth in her room, wondering what is behind the mirror. Pulling away the sheet she reads backward: 'I miss you.' And there he is, asking: "Why have you done this to me?" Three days and nights "... for her heart to soften." Such a strange feeling, between fear and love.
She is frightened: "How can I talk to my own mirror?" But he is no mirror, he is Lieutenant Nicolas de Regulo, son of Lieutenant colonel Blas de Regulo, a member of the honorable Benito Juarez anti-imperialist army, quartered with my battalion in Puebla de Zaragoza, awaiting combat against the invading French." She denies. The mirror she bought is from 1863. Yes, it is this year, he answers.And she: "And this is the year without grace 1990." He surrenders as her prisoner, madly in love with her. Waiting for her each evening. "With a pane of glass between us?" "Worse, with a century between us. ..." After the death of his wife emptiness entered his life, the reason that he wanted to shoot himself. But now: "So voilà mademoiselle, my life is yours." It's like a movie she says, like a fairy tale "I should say." Next scene: she prepares food and wine for two, observed by the worried grandma. "I have a lover, grandma." "A lover before your wedding?" In front-behind the mirror they celebrate: "For the sake of an entrapped love" and she: "For ever and ever" By grandma entering her room, Nicolas quickly hiding, talking of todays wedding rehearsal, Nicolas hears that she is engaged and will marry. Nicolas: "You could have told me." She begs him to return tonight once more. "No, Susana, this is also a war." Next scene: Susana in her wedding dress, Suna like a puppet. They have to hurry. Alfonso waits already at the church.It's like to go for her own execution. She begs them to wait, rushing up the stairs to her room with the mirror: "I'll be back. It won't be a minute." Without seeing him, he packs his things, she talks to him. At least to say good-by. When she writes mirroring the message "I will still be yours", he enters. Talking to him he answers that he is "like in a cage, like some restless savage beast, condemned to seeing you and not having you." He leaves where are no "charmed mirrors that break my heart." She answers thinking of tradition and .... "One must obey one's heart. Nothing else. Love doesn't do that which is possible, love always does the impossible." She will do it, waiting for him in front of the mirror every night for the rest of my life." "No, Susana! It's all or nothing. Come!" Stretching out his arm, she looks, doing the same, pulling her to him through the mirror.
Grandma calls her: "Susana, girl", entering she looks around: before the mirror the flowers.Taking them and going to the mirror, touching it: "My child"
... we hear the sound of a horse. The closing scene: both on horseback, riding towards ...!?
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