(Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande). Sop. Found lost in a forest by Golaud, who takes her home and she marries him. She finds his castle gloomy and full of foreboding. She is attracted to his younger half-brother Pelléas, with whom she plays innocent games round a fountain. The ring Golaud gave her falls into the water. She returns home to find her husband was injured at the exact time she lost the ring. Pelléas is leaving and comes to say goodbye to Mélisande, who is combing her long hair. It falls over his face, filling him with passion, but they are interrupted by Golaud. She and Pelléas plan one last meeting, and when Golaud finds them together he kills his brother. Mélisande gives birth to a daughter. She is dying but assures Golaud that she has never been unfaithful to him. Aria: Mes longs cheveux (‘My hair's so long’). Created (1902) by Mary Garden. See also article by Joan Rodgers.