LOLITA: (Pleading.) No, Mama, don't let him go . . .

DOLORES: Leave me alone!

TONY: (TONY appears in the window, but stays outside when he sees what is happening. To MACHITO.) You woke me up . . .

DOLORES: (Surprised at TONY's arrival.) Ay, dear God, I can never hear him coming . . .!

MACHITO: (Very agitated, putting on his pants.) Tony, we have to take back the bet . . . (Gropes for his shoes)

LOLITA: Stop him, Mama! Don't let him go! Don't let him go! (MACHITO goes toward TONY, fastening his pants, but then stops, goes into the bathroom for a moment and comes out again, concealing the razor in his pocket; LOLITA tries to get in his way, but DOLORES prevents her from doing so.)

DOLORES: (Harshly.) Let him do what he's got to do! (MACHITO leaves through the window where TONY is waiting, and both go down the fire escape. LOLITA, shaking herself free of her mother, runs over to the window with the intention of calling to him, but gives up.)

LOLITA: (From the window, turning toward her mother.) If something happens to him . . . (Pauses.) . . . this time it will really be your fault! (LOLITA goes to the telephone and dials a number; DOLORES remains oblivious.) Father MartÍn, please! (Listens.) This is an emergency! An emergency! (Listens again.) And can't you interrupt him? It's matter or life or death! (Hangs up the telephone violently, watches her mother angrily, and runs out the door. DOLORES remains alone, confused; she slowly closes the door and begins to pick up the invitations still scattered on the floor; the lights dim until only the flashing blue light remains, slipping in through the window.)

CURTAIN


Second Scene: The End

A few hours later. It is now evening. The apartment is dark and in shambles, as it was left at the conclusion of the previous scene. The flashing blue neon sign intermittently lights MACHITO's favorite chair, which is now empty. DOLORES, who seems to have

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  • Title Page 1
  • Acknowledgements 2
  • Contents 5
  • Introduction 7
  • Notes 17
  • Martínez by Leopoldo M. Hernández 19
  • About the Author 21
  • Act I 25
  • Act II 36
  • Your Better Half by Matías Montes Huidobro 53
  • About the Author 55
  • Act I 59
  • Act II 73
  • Act III 92
  • Birds Without Wings 111
  • About the Author 113
  • Act I 116
  • Act I 116
  • Scene II 117
  • Scene III 119
  • Scene IV 121
  • Scene V 127
  • Scene VI 130
  • Scene VII 131
  • Scene VIII 131
  • Act II 132
  • Scene I 132
  • Scene II 133
  • Scene III 138
  • Scene IV 141
  • Scene V 143
  • With All and for the Good of All (cuban Farce in Two Acts) 147
  • About the Author 149
  • Act I 153
  • A Little Something to Ease the Pain 193
  • About the Author 195
  • Prologue 199
  • Act I 202
  • Act II 226
  • Once Upon a Dream by Miguel González-Pando 239
  • About the Author 241
  • Act I 245
  • Act I 245
  • Second Scene: the Celebration 259
  • Act II 267
  • First Scene: the Betrayal 267
  • Second Scene: the End 274
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