Study Guide

The Sound of Music Scene 16

Scene 16

Scene 16

  • Sure enough, they have a ball (literally, a ball), and it looks like quite the rager. By 1930s Austrian standards, at least.
  • An unpleasant-looking man attends and gives the stink-eye to the Austrian flag in the hall.
  • The kids stand by the dance floor, watching. They start dancing together outside.
  • Maria starts to show them an Austrian folk dance, dancing with Kurt. The captain comes and cuts in.
  • The baroness finds them out there and watches Maria and the captain dance. She's not happy.
  • At the end, there's a moment where they look into each other's eyes and seem kind of shocked.
  • Maria blushes, and stammers that she doesn't know any more of the dance. The baroness tells them they make a lovely couple.
  • Maria scurries off with the children to prepare a surprise for the guests, which turns out to be a goodnight musical number ("So Long, Farewell").
  • After the music's over, Max tries to get Maria to join the party.
  • Maria balks, saying that she's not properly dressed. They'll wait for her to change.
  • The unpleasant man starts an argument with Captain von Trapp about the tension between Austria and Germany.
  • His name is Herr Zeller. His favorite color is black and his favorite dictator is Adolf Hitler.

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