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Puccini's opera Madame Butterfly is a tale of love, tragedy, and cultural imperialism.

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One day while stationed in Nagasaki, Benjamin Franklin Pinkerton, a self-styled Casanova, is checking out his new digs—this is the house where he will be staying during his time in Japan.

Pinkerton had promised Butterfly he'd return when the flowers bloomed and the robins built their nests, and Butterfly wonders if springtime is somehow on a different schedule in America. Meanwhile, she and Suzuki are almost destitute.

It is determined by all that it would be "for the best" if the child is stripped from his mother's arms and sent to America to live with the Pinkertons. A heartbroken Butterfly bids farewell to the child she calls "Sorrow."

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