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Brigadoon: The Story
TWO hundred years ago BRIGADOON vanished into the Highland mists. It does not appear on the map, but to the surprise of two American tourists, TOMMY ALBRIGHT and JEFF DOUGLAS, this mysterious village takes shape before their eyes. Bewildered, they cautiously approach and there they meet FIONA MACKEITH and MEG BROCKIE.
Tommy and Fiona find mutual understanding, but Jeff is constantly on his guard against the unwanted advances of Meg. They are informed that JEAN, Fiona's sister, is to be married to CHARLIE CAMERON, and accept a cordial invitation to attend the wedding.
While waiting at the MacKeith house for the ceremony, the Americans examine the family Bible. The dates of entry startle them and they conclude that they are dreaming, or, that there is a lot to be explained about Brigadoon. Fiona is consulted but decides to take them to MR. MURDOCH, the Dominie, who relates the miracle. He informs them that the village appears but for one day in every hundred years. That no villager may leave Brigadoon as that would end the miracle. Yet, he explains, if a stranger " toved a villager strongly enough to make him leave the outside world for ever, then he could stay, because " If you love someone deeply, anythin' is possible."
Jean and Charlie are married in simple Scottish style by Mr. Murdoch and the clans dance in traditional celebration. While the merriment is at its height, HARRY RITCHIE, also in love with Jean, unable to contain his jealousy any longer, attacks the bridegroom with a dirk. Tommy comes between them and tragedy is averted as he throws him to the ground. Rising slowly, Harry astonishes the villagers by shouting in his torment that, if he cannot have Jean, then he will leave the village and break the spell for ever. He speeds to the forest, chased by the startled clansmen. Unhappily, yet fortunately, his dash ends in death. His body is brought back to Brigadoon.
Tommy, with very mixed feelings, relates to Fiona his desire to return to America. He is engaged to a girl back home and, very unsure of himself, must prove where his true love lies. Back in America he explains to his fiancee why it is impossible to marry her and finally decides to return to Brigadoon.
Jeff and he return to the Highlands. Mr. Murdoch appears through the mist and takes Tommy across the bridge saying " I told ye, when ye love someone deeply, anythin' is possible—even miracles."