SCENE I: Inside 'the Hollow Hill.'
A great, dim-lighted, cavernous place, which shows signs of masonry. It is part cavern and part cellerage of a ruined, burned-down and forgotten old monastery in the hills. -- The only entrance (at the centre rear), a ramshackle wooden door, closes against a flight of rocky steps. -- Light comes from an opening in the roof, and from the right, where a faggot-fire" glows under an iron pot. -- The scene reaches (right and left) into dim corners, where" sleeping children lie curled up together like kittens.
By the fire sits the PIPER, on a tree-stump seat, stitching at a bit of red leather. At his feet is a row of bright-colored small shoes, set two and two. He looks up now and then, to recount the children, and goes back to work, with quizzical despair.
Left, sits a group of three forlorn Strollers. One nurses a lame knee; one, evidently dumb,