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him. The Regent announces that Erling and Tortenssen's previous appointments are confirmed, and they are elevated to the nobility. Corporal Harold is promoted to Colonel, Mats Munck is promoted to Governor, and Griffenfeld is degraded to the rank of Private. Lastly, he commands that Erling and Tortenssen marry Griffenfeld's daughters, and he invites the whole village to a banquet at the castle. After the chorus have left, Griffenfeld tells "Egilsson" that he is pleased with how well the joke is working. He ignores that his joke on Dame Cortlandt backfired. Harold is enjoying his new rank. He and Blanca decide to write a three-volume novel about their lives. Meanwhile, Dame Cortlandt once again confronts Mats Munck. She insists that she was engaged to the Governor. Now that Mats is Governor, she is engaged to him, but now he is not interested. Mats asks a nearby sentry if he is obliged to marry her. Griffenfeld changes places with the sentry, and says that he must. Griffenfeld is delighted that, once again, all of his practical jokes are working beautifully, but his daughters are starting to feel some remorse over their treatment of Erling and Tortenssen. The new nobles make a pretence of behaving haughtily towards the young ladies, but soon crumble before the feminine tears. Left alone, the girls finally admit that they have real feelings for the men. Everyone gathers for the weddings, but Griffenfeld abruptly announces that the Regent's visit was a sham, and all of the honours he dispensed were practical jokes. But "Egilsson" turns the tables, and announces that he is the real Regent. All of the honours are to become permanent, and likewise Griffenfeld's demotion to the rank of Private is confirmed. The Regent asks Christina to marry him, and all of the couples are happily united. MUSICAL NUMBERS ACT I - Market Place of Elsinore. Opening Chorus and Ballad - Christina - "Set the merry bunting flying, fire the cannon, ring the bells..." Song - Erling - "When I bestow my bosom's store, no room for doubt must I descry..." Duet - Nanna & Thora - "Oh, my goodness, here's the nobility..." Quartette - Nanna, Thora, Erling & Tortenssen - "If all is as you say..." Chorus of Girls - "Here are the warriors all ablaze, sabre and epaulettes, ha ha!..." Duet - Dame Hecla & Griffenfeld - "Now what would I do if you proved untrue..." Trio - Nanna, Thora & Griffenfeld - "Oh what a fund of joy jocund lies hid in harmless hoaxes!..." Song - Regent - "A King who is pester'd with cares, though no doubt he may often trepan them..." Duet - Regent & Griffenfeld, with Christina - "Now if you would atone for your unmannerly intrusion..." Duet - Dame Hecla & Mats Munck - "Now all that we've agreed upon, O ..." Song - Nanna - "My wedded life must ev'ry pleasure bring..." Finale Act I - "Come hither ev'ry one, come hither all..." ACT II - Courtyard of the Castle. Opening Chorus and Scene - "With anger stern and fierce determination..." (almost 15 minutes long) Song - Griffenfeld - "Quixotic is his enterprise and hopeless his adventure is..." Duet - Harold & Blanca - "There once was a Corporal bold..." Quartette - Mats Munck, Dame Hecla, Sentry & Griffenfeld - "One day, the Syndic of this town..." Patter Trio - Nanna, Thora & Griffenfeld - "When a gentleman supposes that he comfortably doses..." Dancing Quartett - Thora, Nanna, Erling & Tortenssen - "So this is how you'd have us sue you..." Chorus - "Ring the bells and bang the brasses, cut the cake and fill the glasses..." Finale Act II - "Now all that we've agreed upon..." CAST The Prince Regent (disguised as Nils Egilsson, a Strolling Player) George Griffenfeld (Governor of Elsinore) Erling Sykke (a young sculptor)