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By presenting Tweedlepunch as a highly respected phrenologist, Gilfain plots to marry off his clerks to the heads of the Florodora farms (all young island girls), thereby attaining even more control of the island. For his part, Tweedlepunch must examine everyone's cranial bumps of love and pronounce the proper marriage couples. But, he is later chastised by Lady Holyrood, Angela, and Captain Donegal for interfering with the love affairs of the island. Tweedlepunch has succeeded in breaking up the relationships between the English Girls and Gilfain's clerks, and the young island girls and their boyfriends. Frank has refused to marry Lady Holyrood, and Gilfain discharges him. Gilfain, based on the fraudulent pronouncements of Tweedlepunch, has decreed that the clerks will wed the island girls or be discharged. Needless to say everyone is upset. Frank must now return to England, and he tells Dolores he must go but will return for her if she waits patiently. The second act of Florodora is set at Abercoed Castle, Frank's ancestral home in Wales. Six months have past, and somehow, during intermission, Gilfain has managed to become the castle's new owner. Privately, Lady Holyrood discloses to us how to survive in society without money; Gilfain shares his philosophy on living a rich life; the clerks, having been discharged by Gilfain rather than be forced into marriage with the island girls, finally meet up with their fair English Girls; and Angela sings a charming song for no apparent reason. Tweedlepunch, who has finally realised that Dolores is the rightful heir to the Florodora fortune, has told her that her father was his only friend, and that he will help her retrieve her family business. They break into the Abercoed castle but are surprised by a chorus of lords and ladies who demand to know who they are. In desperation they try to convince everyone that they are the evening’s entertainment. Lady Holyrood, with no perspective husbands in sight, decides that Gilfain will become her next husband. Frank, who has been refused entrance to the castle by Gilfain, defies orders and manoeuvres his way inside the courtyard. There he sees Dolores for the first time since he left the island. Heartbroken that he never returned as he said he would, she sings to him a story about a similar romance gone wrong. Back inside the castle, Captain Arthur Donegal, entertains the invited lords and ladies and Valleda and Leandro, pretending to be servants, enlighten us to what makes them better than the aristocracy they serve. Frank tells Dolores that he is really Lord Abercoed and was unable to return to her in Florodora because he was trying to keep Gilfain from acquiring his ancestral home. Tweedlepunch finally confronts Gilfain and spins a wild ghost story that terrifies Gilfain into admitting that he has stolen the perfume business. Gilfain returns the properties he has taken from Dolores and Frank, and the final curtain comes down on a triple happy ending. Frank marries Dolores; Gilfain marries Lady Holyrood; and Gilfain's daughter, Angela, marries Captain Donegal of the Life Guards. CAST and ORIGINAL PERFORMERS • CYRUS W. GILFAIN ... (Proprietor of the Perfume and of the Island of Florodora) ... Mr. CHARLES E. STEVENS • FRANK ABEROOED ... (Manager for Cyrus Gilfain of the Island of Florodora) ... Mr. MELVILLE STEWART. • LEANDRO ... (Overseer Of Farms) ... Mr. FRANK HOLT. • CAPTAIN ARTHUR DONEGAL ... (4th Royal Life Guards—Lady Holyrood's Brother) ... Mr. EDGAR STEVENS. (Clerks to Gilfain) TENNYSON SIMS ... Mr. Roy HORNIMAN. ERNEST PYM ... Mr. ERNEST LAMMART.