Key relationships

The plot of the play is based around the romantic relationships of three couples.

Rosinella and Massimo

They share a loving marriage although it is not without its conflict, brought on by Rosinella's character flaws. They are the guardians of their niece Lucia.

Hughie and Lucia

Their relationship develops from dislike, to friendship and finally to love.

Bridget and Franco

They are passionately in love. Following Franco's death, Bridget cannot overcome her loss.

The relationship between Rosinella and Lucia is also key to the play.

Rosinella and Lucia

Rosinella loves Lucia like a daughter. However, this love can be selfish and possessive.