The Truth Suspected Characters

  • Last updated on December 10, 2021

Author: Juan Ruiz de Alarcón

First published: La verdad sospechosa, 1630 (English translation, 1927)

Genre: Play

Locale: Madrid

Plot: Comedy

Time: Seventeenth century

Don García (gahr-SEE-ah), a young noble. A congenital liar, he is himself faced by a confusion of facts as he woos the veiled Jacinta, thinking that her name is Lucrecia. The lies that he tells during the courtship constantly involve him in difficulty. Enraged by his lies, Don Beltrán arranges for his son's marriage to Jacinta, but Don García invents a wife in Salamanca to avoid marrying Jacinta, little realizing that she is the girl he is wooing. His lie is discovered too late, and a rival marries Jacinta. Don García must be content with Lucrecia.

Juan de Sosa (hwahn deh SOH-sah), who is in love with Jacinta. Rejected by her uncle until he attains knighthood, Juan must stand by while Don García courts his lady. Juan challenges Don García to a duel because of one of his lies and later reveals that his rival has lied about the supposed wife in Salamanca. Finally, Juan becomes a knight and marries Jacinta, much to Don García's chagrin.

Don Beltrán (behl-TRAHN), Don García's father, who despises lying.

Tristán (trees-TAHN), Don García's shrewd and cynical servant, who gives his master lectures about lying peppered with quotations from Roman and Greek authorities.

Jacinta (hah-SEEN-tah), the niece of Don Sancho, thought by Don García to be Lucrecia.

Lucrecia (lew-KREH-see-ah), her friend, who later marries Don García.

Don Sancho (SAHN-choh), Jacinta's uncle, who forbids her to marry Juan de Sosa until that young man attains knighthood.

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