COUNTESS JULIECHARACTERSCOUNTESS JULIE, twenty-five years oldJEAN, a valet, thirtyKRISTIN, a cook, thirty-fiveFARM SERVANTSThe action takes place on Saint John's night, the mid-summer festivalsurviving from pagan times.[SCENE.--A large kitchen. The ceiling and walls are partially coveredby draperies and greens. The back wall slants upward from left side ofscene. On back wall, left, are two shelves filled with copper kettles,iron casseroles and tin pans. The shelves are trimmed with fancyscalloped paper. To right of middle a large arched entrance with glassdoors through which one sees a fountain with a statue of Cupid, syringabushes in bloom and tall poplars. To left corner of scene a large stovewith hood decorated with birch branches. To right, servants' diningtable of white pine and a few chairs. On the cud of table stands aJapanese jar filled with syringa blossoms. The floor is strewn withjuniper branches.][Near stove, an ice-box, sink and dish-table. A large old-fashionedbell, hangs over the door, to left of door a speaking tube.][Kristin stands at stork engaged in cooking something. She wears a lightcotton dress and kitchen apron. Jean comes in wearing livery; he carriesa large pair of riding-boots with spurs, which he puts on floor.]JEAN. Tonight Miss Julie is crazy again, perfectly crazy.KRISTIN. So--you're back at last.JEAN. I went to the station with the Count and coming back I went in tothe barn and danced and then I discovered Miss Julie there leading thedance with the gamekeeper. When she spied me, she rushed right toward meand asked me to waltz, and then she waltzed so--never in my life have Iseen anything like it! Ah--she is crazy tonight.KRISTIN. She has always been. But never so much as in the lastfortnight, since her engagement was broken off.JEAN. Yes, what about that gossip? He seemed like a fine fellow althoughhe wasn't rich! Ach! they have so much nonsense about them. [Seatshimself at table.] It's queer about Miss Julie though--to prefer stayinghere at home among these people, eh, to going away with her father tovisit her relatives, eh?KRISTIN. She's probably shamefaced about breaking off with her intended.JEAN. No doubt! but he was a likely sort just the same. Do you know,Kristin, how it happened? I saw it, although I didn't let on.KRISTIN. No--did you see it?