HELP! NEEDS A TITLE!!!

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Fantasy  |  House: Booksie Classic
Hello!I am writing an opera, but I can't think of a title for it. I've posted a complete plot summery that hsould be helpful in naming it. Of course its quickly written and is one big spoiler, but thats okay. I just need a name for it so badly. Comment any suggestions down below, and I will pick the best one a week from now. I will read the winners writings and probably fan. :) we will see. Thanks so much!

Submitted: November 25, 2013

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Glenda decides to pay a visit to her elderly neighbor Ms. Hatfield. The old woman never has any visitors and Glenda can’t help but feel bad for her. She chats with Ms. Hatfield until the subject of storytelling comes up.  Glenda wants to hear a story from Ms. Hatfield which shifts the opera to a different story line.

Ms. Hatfield story is set in the middle ages, and follows the story of the Lady of Thanes manor. The lady started out as a simple milk maiden but was swept away by the Duke of Thanes, who is the last of the Thanes, charisma and money. After their marriage she finds out he is very cold and unemotional so she becomes very unhappy. He often leaves to seek friendships from other manors or to manage business in the nearby villages.

 One night while the Duke of Thanes is gone the Lady of Thanes goes to check on a room she had recently cleaned. She discovers a poor traveler has somehow found a way in and was hiding there. He begs her to let him stay out of the cold. To which she reluctantly agrees on the stipulation he leave before morning, which is when her husband will be home. He agrees and is gone before morning.

The next week in the same day she goes up to discover he is back in the same room. She scolds him at first but then begins to chat and become friendly with the stranger. He promises to come back any night she would like to talk or visit. They begin to have an active friendship.

The Duke of Thanes finds out that the lady of Thanes has been doing peasant work, such as cleaning or cooking, and is agitated. He drinks himself into a stupor and calls for her instead of going out. He begins to beat her for her peasantry and the fact she has not borne him a child yet. After the beating he rapes her and leaves her crying on the floor. He stumbles out the door to the nearest town.

The stranger appears after his departure and carries her up to the room they chat in. He washes her up and tries to calm her down tending to her needs. He holds her and she asks him to stay. He becomes frightened and starts to leave, but is convinced that he loves her and elects to take care of her. They begin to have an affair.

She begins to defy her husband more and more. She goes out one night against his will to tend to the horses. When she returns she finds her husband dead on the floor. She mourns for the loss of the last of Thanes, and the man who was overall and honest man. She is left wishing she had not been so cruel to him in her last moments, and feels guilty for her affair.

The stranger then appears, and regards the lady of thanes triumphantly. She asks if he has killed her husband and he responds that it was indeed he. She becomes repulsed to screams that she never wants to see him again. The stranger begs for a chance to explain himself, but she says if ever appears to her again she will cry. He tries to comfort her by telling her that it was not a personal thing. His job was to kill the Duke, for he is the angel of Death, but he had put it off so he would not hurt his love. He tells her of his eternal love and the he will never seek her. He would hate to see her cry in all of her beauty. So he disappears never to return, and the lady of Thanes is left with an eternal life. She will still age though.

The story concludes to show Ms. Hatfield shaking in her rocking chair enthralled by her own story. Glenda is a bit taken back by all of the passion in Ms. Hatfield’s words. She says that she that she needs to leave, but will be back when she has time. Ms. Hatfield states that she has all the time in the world, which can be inferred to mean that she is indeed the Lady of Thanes Manor.


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