Act 1, Scene 1
• The play opens quietly, possibly in Chile, but in any country who has survived a long dictatorship and replaced it recently with a democratic government.
• Moonlight bathes the first person on stage, Paulina Salas, who is sitting out on the terrace.
• The tension immediately picks up when Paulina hears a car, looks out the window and grabs for a gun.
• Gerardo, her husband, gets out and speaks to someone in the car, inviting them in for a drink and then, when declined, invites him back on Sunday.
• She does not hear the other half of the conversation. She puts the gun away again and hides in the curtains.
• Gerardo is apologetic. We learn that he is quite late for dinner.
• Paulina tries to hide her tension and asks who it was in the car who brought him home.
• He explains that a nail punctured his tire...
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