Loys is the dashing and devilishly charming boy with a roguish mien who breezes into town to work the vineyards for the summer. His natural magnetism instantly puts him on everyone’s favored side, except Berthe who never received a satisfactory answer in regards to his origin and intentions, but his work is good and manner amicable so he is widely accepted. He seems a philanderer, sending all the girls swooning, until he meets Giselle.
He finds himself captivated by her, and his flings, much to his surprise, fade away as his fascination with her grows stronger and begins to transform into something he’s never felt before. Unbeknownst to the village people he is in fact their liege lord Duke Albrecht of Silesia, engaged to Bathilde of Courland. Like his fiancé he faces many pressures but his solution is to excuse himself from his problems – for a while anyway. Upon becoming engaged he hatched a plan to live the “simple” “idyllic” peasant life as his last hurrah before the shackles of affectionless matrimony, with Wilfrid as his somewhat unenthused accomplice.
Albrecht is rather self-centered but not an entirely bad person. Being raised as a noble and a man he believes that he can have and take what he likes without consequences or regard for who might get hurt. His swagger and willfulness comes from a place of naïveté rather than malice. His costume is mean to show his status as a somewhat vagrant-like migrant worker, his cover story to explain away questions about his past. As a poorer person his attire is a bit more frayed and patched and the butterfly motif is developed larger than the other peasant men with the idea that it has the length of his contemporary nobles but is pinned up and made utilitarian to serve as a coat on his travels.

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