Tintin The Castafiore Emerald begins with Tintin and the Captain, who are enjoying a stroll through the woods. They see a gypsy camp nearby, and a woman from the camp tries to tell the Captain?s fortune. She warns of some misfortune, but does not specify what it is.
Captain Haddock is upset when he discovers that the gypsies have been forced to camp near a garbage dump. He invites them to move into his own private grounds and find a good place to camp. Meanwhile, one of the steps in the marble staircase in the Hall is broken, but the builder does not respond to the calls from Marlinspike Hall. Just when the Captain settles down to enjoy a period of peace and quiet at the Hall, he learns that Bianca Castafiore, the Opera singer, is coming on a