(Martinů: Julietta). Ten. A Parisian bookseller. Whilst on holiday Michel heard, through an open window, the sound of a woman singing. The voice has haunted him for years. He returns to the town to look for her. The villagers have no memory and live only for the present. Because he can remember a toy duck he played with as a child, they appoint him Commander of the town—and immediately forget they have done so. At last he finds the girl, Julietta. They meet in a forest and she seems to know him. There is a passionate reunion, then they argue. As she runs away, Michel shoots at her. There is a scream. Did Michel kill Julietta? He does not know, and goes on searching. At the Central Office of Dreams, where he may pay to have any dream he wishes, people all around him are choosing their dreams. Some of them live there for ever, not wanting to wake up. He hears Julietta calling him and looks for her, but his dream-time is up, he must wake up. He has not found her but will not give up—he will stay in a half-dream world and go on looking.
Created (1938) by Jaroslav Gleich.