i - Old Cabot throws a party for the birth of
"his" son. The villagers go along but make fun of him behind his back.
VI Another Part of the Estate
i - Eben and Cabot meet. Cabot
berates Eben for trying to seduce Abbie, then tells him that they
"conceived" a son so he could be the heir. Eben feels Abbie has
betrayed him. They fight and Abbie tries to stop them. Eben,
convinced that he has been used, curses Abbie and denies his love.
She tells Eben that the baby is his son and he says he wishes the
baby was dead and leaves. Amid the sounds of the party Abbie sings
of her intention to kill the child.
ii - Eben returns to say a final goodbye to
the baby but it is too late. Abbie confesses to the murder and Eben leaves in
iii - Cabot enters, having heard of the murder
and Abbie tells him that it is Eben's child.
iv - Eben returns with the sheriff and his
deputies. He says that he must share the blame and demands that he be chained as
well. The lovers are led off to their execution leaving the old man defeated and