Last Reviewed on June 19, 2019, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 406
Split the days of the year among those you find there. One to make them fall in love, another to get them, another to abandon them, two to replace them, and one hour to forget them.
This sums up the philosophy of the notorious and devilish womanizer Don Juan. When asked by Don Luis how much time Don Juan spends on each of the many women he seduces, Don Juan answers that it only takes him a day to make a woman fall in love, a day to get her into bed, and a day to abandon her: he loves a woman and leaves her in a mere three days. He forgets her in an hour. He then promises to seduce Dona Ana, Don Luis's fiancee, showing he is a thoroughly depraved and heartless womanizer--at least to this point.
if through this stone, no less,
you can see the bitterness
of a soul that adored your loveliness
with such yearning, then for that man
prepare a place, for Don Juan,
in your tomb, where he may rest.
God created you for my good, I
thought of virtue, for you,
I adored your sublimity, too,
and longed for your holy paradise.
Yes, even today my hope still lies
in you, entrusted to you,
for I hear a voice, that’s true,
that murmurs round Don Juan,
words which calm me, as I stand
here in pain, by your grave, by you.
Oh Doña Inés, my life itself!
This quote, in which Don Juan, returning after five years, speaks to the statue on Dona Ines's grave, shows the romantic intensity of this play. Don Juan idealizes Dona Ines and pours out his grieving heart to her statue, ending on the passionate exclamation that Dona Ines is his life.
No: you’ll have me at your side
if your thoughts are always seen
to be good, but if you seem
evil, you’ll damn us eternally.
And so consider wisely
this is the night, Don Juan,
the moment we have at hand
to seek our fate, you see.
Don Juan hears Dona Ines's statue speak to him. He wonders if he is having a dream of spirits in paradise, but in the above quote her statue assures him she is really communicating with him from the beyond. She lays out for his choice; if he wants to be with her and save her, he must reform himself.
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