Rich family patriach Helge Klingelfeldt is particularly anxious that thier three grown children Christian, Michael and Helene, support the party's festive mood by making a display of happy unity of the clan. Even downstairs staff are expected to somehow join in the general ambience.
Dusk Falls, and the master of ceremonies introduces himself and announces that dinner is served. Helge is met by spontaneous outbursts of applause and song. The Guests are in a merry mood, indeed. While everyone's being seated, the kitchen staff add their finishing touches to the evening's festive meal. Fish steam, venison broil. The banquet begins.
When Christian eventually clears his throat and