In the Middle Ages. Prince Dionio, of Italy, is affianced to Princess Dolorosa. At their first meeting, Pepito, the Jester of Dionio's court, falls in love with the princess. He forgets his misshapen body and personality in the yearning of his heart. At the wedding feast of Dionio and Dolorosa, the jester cannot conceal his jealousy, and even after her marriage, he would feign court the princess. Lorenzo, the court physician, observes the hideous attentions of Pepito and asks, "What right has a shriveled fool like you to admire the princess?" This cuts him to the quick and when the princess mocks his love, he vows vengeance. He arouses the jealousy of Dionio against Lorenzo, calling to his notice the meeting between the physician and the princess, when she generously gives Lorenzo money in aid of her plague-stricken subjects. This is the beginning of the tragic climax which the jester succeeds in bringing about. The fool forges a note from the doctor, making a clandestine meeting with...
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