Gretchen, a.k.a. Margarete, is alone in her room, sitting at her spinning-wheel. She sings about her heavy heart, how peace has fled from her never to be found, and how upset she is. All her thoughts fall to Faust: his poise, nobility, and fascinating words. Were he to kiss her now, she says, she’d swoon and die.
Margarete is distraught that her lover has abandoned her. Being with Faust again would make her so happy that she could die in peace. But, as we will see, being with Faust again leads not to joy but tragedy.