Martin cannot imagine who his rival might be, especially as he is fed the false information that Juana has gone into a convent to bear their baby and died soon after. Plagued by his guilty conscience, Martin fears that the rival Don Gil may be an avenging spirit. By now Ines's friend, Donna Clara, has also fallen in love with Don Gil of the green breeches, and one of her admirers, Don Juan, is consumed by jealousy. Eventually four Don Gils in green breeches appear under Ines's balcony, Juana, Martin, Clara, and Don Juan, and it takes some time for the resulting complications to be resolved. Finally, Don Gil's green breeches are laid to rest with holy candles.
This ‘cloak and dagger’ comedy is one of the best crafted of Molina's many plays, predictably offering excellent operatic material, as in Walter Braunfels's version of 1924. It is written in a punchy unrhymed verse, with short lines of between seven and nine syllables. This infuses the piece with a driving energy, which sweeps the audience along, helping them to ignore the outrageous improbabilities of the plot.
Subjects: Literary Studies (Plays and Playwrights).