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We see here how Homodu is proposing to the future Mrs. Angelo. The rude way in which he behaves results in a box on the ear, whereafter the lady disappears, leaving Homodu to her father's mockery. She meets her lover, Rudolph, in the garden, and they walk up and down for a while, and then they part, promising fidelity to one another. An old street singer runs up to the young lady and asks for protection against some drunken citizens, who are pursuing her. The young lady hides the old woman between the bushes, throws the pursuers off the scent and thus rescues the old singer, who gratefully accepts, without suspecting, that this very cross is once to rescue her own life. Further into the park the singer meets her daughter, Thisbe, to whom she relates her adventure. On her way to the castle the beautiful young lady passes Angelo, tyrant of Padua, accompanied by Homodu. Angelo falls at once in love with her, and swears that he will possess her. Nevertheless his love does not prevent him ...