The Blue Bird - Dance of the Hours
Act I, The Woodcutter’s Cottage
‘No sooner has TYLTYL turned the diamond than a sudden and wonderful change comes over everything. The old FAIRY alters then and there is a princess of marvellous beauty; the flints of which the cottage walls are built light up, turn blue as sapphires, become transparent and gleam and sparkle like most precious stones …; the face of the clock winks its eye and smile genially, while the door that contains the pendulum opens and releases the HOURS, who, holding one another by the hand and laughing merrily, begin to dance to the sound of delicious music.
TYLTYL (displaying a legitimate bewilderment and pointing to the HOURS)
Who are these pretty ladies?
Don’t be afraid; they are the hours of your life and they are glad to be free and visible for a moment’.