ACT I, SCENE V: AT THE BALL
(The castle ballroom is packed with young women. Each girl dances with the prince one at a time and is passed on to another partner. MADAME is standing alongside CHARLOTTE and GABRIELLE.)
CHARLOTTE: Oh, at this rate, we'll never get to dance with the prince!
MADAME: Yes, well I'll just see if I can change that.
(MADAME approaches LIONEL.)
MADAME: Excuse me.
LIONEL: Yes, what is it now, madam?
MADAME: Well, you see, your grace, my two lovely daughters-
LIONEL: As I've said time and time again, every young lady will have her moment with the prince in time. You'll just have to be patient.
MADAME: I see... Well, there is one more thing that I was wondering.
MADAME: Just who is going to have the honor of dancing with you?
MADAME: Now, now, there's no reason to be coy! We both know that you too felt that special something between us.
LIONEL: You know, madam, a part of me wishes there were something between us.
MADAME: Oh, really?
LIONEL: Yes, a continent would do nicely.
(MADAME scoffs and returns to the line. LIONEL approaches TOPHER and pulls him aside.)
TOPHER: I can't help it. None of these girls are the one! Trust me. I'll know when I see her.
(LIONEL leaves the prince and walks through the crowd to KING MAXIMILIAN.)
KING MAXIMILIAN: Well?...
KING MAXIMILIAN: Has he found one yet?!
LIONEL: Not yet, your majesty... But he will before the night is over! I can feel if in my bones!
KING MAXIMILIAN: you'll feel it in your bones if he doesn't!
(CHARLOTTE is lead to TOPHER.)
CHARLOTTE: Ships that pass in the night,
and speak each other in passing, only a signal shown,
and a distant voice in the darkness;
So on the ocean of life,-
CHARLOTTE: ships that pass in the night, that's us! On the ocean of life! It's poetry!
TOPHER: ... I think that's enough...