Anne Chute is engaged to her cousin Hardress Cregan, but she is
Eily is alone in the cottage, singing. Enter Anne Chute.
Anne: There she is.
Eily: (Sings till facing Anne—stops—they examine each other.)
Anne: My name is Anne Chute.
Eily: I am Eily O’Connor.
Anne: You are the Colleen Bawn—the pretty girl.
Eily: And you are the Colleen Ruaidh.
Anne: (Aside.) She is beautiful.
Eily: (Aside.) How lovely she is.
Anne: We are rivals.
Eily: I am sorry for it.
Anne: So am I, for I feel that I could have loved you.
Eily: That’s always the way of it; everybody wants to love me, but there’s something spoils them off.
Anne: (Showing letter.) Do you know that writing?
Eily: I do, ma’am, well, though I don’t know how you came by it.
Anne: I saw your signals last night—I saw his departure, and I have come here to convince myself of his falsehood to me. But now that
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