Chimène is eager to know what her governess, Elvira, has learned of her father’s opinion of Don Rodrigo. Elvira has been very diplomatic in talking to Don Gomez, Chimène’s father, about the subject. She knows that Elvira is in love with Don Rodrigo, but with Don Sancho also paying her attention, Elvira has indicated to Don Gomez that he must choose the right husband for his daughter. Nevertheless, she is happy to report that Don Gomez does speak favorably of Don Rodrigo, so things are looking positive.
Meanwhile, Doña Urraque, known as the Infanta, is waiting for a visit from Chimène. She orders a page to make enquiries as to Chimène’s arrival. Every day she requests a conversation with her, to learn if Chimène’s relationship with Don Rodrigo has progressed. After bringing the two of them together, the Infanta wants to make sure they are both happy. The thought of their happiness brings an element of sadness into the Infanta’s voice, which makes her governess, Leonor,
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