Trenton Free Public Library and Always Love Lucy Theatre Present “SUMMER SERIES: THORNTON WILDER ONE-ACTS”. Series #3: Bernice (Reading Room) Bernice represents "Pride" in Wilder's projected cycle on the Seven Deadly Sins. Set in Chicago in 1911. Walbeck, a thoroughly hated man who cheated hundreds of people out of their money, suddenly returns home from Joliet prison when his sentence is reduced. He is greeted by two people: his attorney, who informs him that Walbeck's wife has fled to California, taking his daughter with her, and a new maid, Bernice.