October 30, 1940
Dear Harold: The play I have had in mind tells the story of an American actress and a French journalist. After years of separation, partly through misunderstanding, they have met in Paris in the spring of 1940, have married, have made a one-day visit to Versailles for a hurried honeymoon, and are found there at the opening of the first scene of the play. Raoul, the man, must return to Paris at once, because the paper for which he writes has hesitated to attack Hitler and his influence is needed if the editors are not to anticipate the conquest of Paris by the Germans. He has been begged by many to cease his attacks on the German leader, which have been spectacular, and has written an answer to these apostles of appeasement as his most recent contribution to the paper. Before they leave Versailles, however, the lovers agree to come every year to a corner of the gardens which they have adopted as especially their own.
In the second scene of the first act Louise is in her room in the Paris hotel. Paris has fallen. There is no service. Raoul has been missing for three days. He was last seen at the office of his newspaper. An old friend comes to see Louise, a friend who has been estranged for years, but who comes to renew the old allegiance because the days have grown desperate, and folk of good will should stick together. Besides, he has news for her. It has come by chance to his ears that Raoul has been taken by the Gestapo, and interned. There is nothing to do but try to obtain an interview with some German official who may know where the prisoner was taken.
The third scene is Louise's interview with the official who caused