gift is responsible for her own virginity, mister. (Blackout.)


Scene VII

Later, at FRANCES'apartment. The telephone rings. FRANCES answers it.

FRANCES: Yes, Mrs. Thompson. What wonderful news! How happy it makes me to know that, at last, that poor little one has been saved from living with such inhumane parents. Thank you. I'm grateful. Yes, yes, yes. (Blackout.)


Scene VIII

CLAUDIA: Did I offend you in anything?

FRANCES: It's okay. Remember that what there is in the kitchen and in the kitchen cabinet is to be divided between three people. Therefore, I hope that you are not a greed eater and show some consideration of others.

CLAUDIA: Is there anybody else living here?

FRANCES: My grandson. I think he studies with you in the same school.

CLAUDIA: Then I know him. At school I'm the most popular girl in all the classes, and in all the courses, ever since I started high school.

FRANCES: If you want to, you can call me grandmother.

CLAUDIA: I'd rather call you Mrs. Frances, for now.

FRANCES: You'll get used to it.

CLAUDIA: Soon my parents will come out and I'll return home.

FRANCES: Darling, that is going to take a long time. You ought to conform. The accusations are strong.

CLAUDIA: How do you know?

FRANCES: Starting today, you are under my guidance and responsibility. I must know everything, every step. If you don't follow the straight line which has been set for you by the authorities, the law will fall on your head as it has fallen on your parents'.

CLAUDIA: (Trying to control herself.) I'm sorry, but this conjunctivitis is making my eyes water. ( FRANCESexits the room. CLAUDIA closes the door in haste. She runs toward the suitcase and takes out her fathers's overcoat which she

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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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