What details in Acts One and Two reveal that Raina is not really in love with Sergius?

     Raina’s lacking love for Sergius, the man of whom she is engaged to, becomes increasingly obvious to the audience within the first two acts of the play. This is seen when the combination of actions displayed by the characters, such as Raina’s eagerness to help Bluntschili at the beginning play,  indicating a developing affection between the two characters and Bluntschili’s mockery of Sergius’s humours gestures during the cavalry charge,  comparing him to Don Quixote. Shaw uses Bluntschili’s opinions of Sergius along with the obvious unrealistic fantasies Raina expresses, to form an image of Sergius for the audience. With this idea of Sergius implanted in the mind of the audience, it is difficult for the audience to believe that Raina would end up marrying a character with such personality traits. Sergius’s seductive actions towards Louka in act two confirm the audience’s suspicions. During this scene, Louka reveals to Sergius her suspicions about Raina, claiming that she has had an affair. “You making love to me behind Miss Raina’s back, and she doing the same behind yours.”(131) Louka then states that if the gentlemen were to ever return, Raina would undoubtedly marry him. “If that gentlemen ever comes here again, Miss Raina will marry him.”(132) Shaw uses Louka and Sergius’s conversation to foreshadow the future events that will unfold within the play, such as the deterioration of Raina and Sergius’s relationship and her formation of a new one with Bluntschili. Shaw does this by telling the audience about the events that will take place very obviously through the words and conversation of the characters, and thus does so in a more comical manner.