"the class had read 'Emilia Galotti'"

Emilia Galotti’ is an 18th Century play by the German playwright Gotthold Ephraim Lessing.  Set in Italy, it shows the titular character, an innocent and virtuous young woman, having her life ruined by the machinations of the ruling prince of the country who is determined to possess her. Although it contains themes of love and desire, it is primarily a critique on political and aristocratic authority.