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How do you see Blonde’s relationship with Constanze? Blonde is Constanze’s maid, but in many ways in their relation-ship (at least while in captivity) they are more like friends or perhaps sisters. Blonde is very sympathetic of Constanze’s plight, and is constantly trying to be positive to build her up and lighten her load.

Can you speak to Blonde’s relationship with Osmin? Osmin is her master, but Blonde will not be ordered around. She is a free woman, and she would rather die than be angrily ordered about, especially by someone whom she sees as an idiot. Her courage is stronger than his threats. Perhaps there is some naïveté, but she also knows that Osmin does not have the last say… It’s the Pasha’s palace, after all, and the Pasha seeks to please Constanze.