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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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