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The Jeweler's Shop

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Subject: Gli Asolani, Dominicae Cenae, Pastores dabo vobis, Dominum et vivificantem, Holy Father John Paul II Family Home in Wadowice
Collection: 1960 Plays, Polish Plays, Works by Pope John Paul II
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The Jeweler's Shop

The Jeweler's Shop (subtitled "A Meditation on the Sacrament of Matrimony, Passing on Occasion into a Drama") (Polish: Przed sklepem jubilera) is a three-act play, written by Pope John Paul II in 1960, that looks at three couples as their lives become intertwined and mingled with one another.

The play looks at humanity's ideas and expectations of romantic love and marriage. It is a truthful and animated look at the way people are when in love and their motivations for entering into couplehood.


  • The play 1
    • Act 1 - Signals 1.1
    • Act 2 - The Bridegroom 1.2
    • Act 3 - The Children 1.3
  • Renaissance precursor 2
  • Film adaptation 3
  • External links 4

The play

Act 1 - Signals

Andrew and Teresa are a young couple that have been friends for many years. Recently they have become closer and finally find themselves at the jeweler's shop looking for, and finally buying, wedding rings which unite and bind them in marriage.

Act 2 - The Bridegroom

Stefan and Anna are a couple in a troubled marriage where love does not seem to exist. Their lives are filled with emptiness and disillusionment. Anna meets a stranger at the jeweler's shop, as she tries to sell her wedding ring, and opens her heart to him. However, the stranger reminds her of the Parable of the Ten Virgins and tells her to keep her lamp burning for the bridegroom.

Act 3 - The Children

Christopher (son of Andrew and Teresa) and Monica (daughter of Stefan and Anna) fall deeply in love and both reflect on the lives of their parents and how this has skewed their personal views of love and marriage.

Andrew has died in the war, leaving Christopher to fear the pain of losing love. Monica is afraid that marriage will not last because of her parents' troubled marriage.

Renaissance precursor

Four centuries earlier the La Bottega dell'orefice) by director Michael Anderson and writer Jeff Andrus in 1989 with award-winning actors Burt Lancaster and Olivia Hussey. The film's title used the English spelling "Jeweller" rather than the American "Jeweler".

External links

  • play (vs film) by Ellen Rice, Asst. Editor, Catholic DossierThe Jeweler's ShopThe Ego and Human Love - 2/16/2003 review of
  • (Hardcover) at The Catholic CompanyThe Jeweler's Shop
  • (Hardcover) at Amazon.comThe Jeweler's Shop
  • Information on the film adaptation of the play at IMDb
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