Don Diego (dee-EH-goh), a wealthy nobleman. In love with María but spurned by her, he directs his servant, Morón, to try to learn how best to approach the lady. When Don Diego repeats to his friends Morón’s gleanings concerning María’s activities, the servant spreads the story that his master is an astrologer with knowledge of past and future. Don Diego’s supposed occult powers bring him only trouble, as his false prophecies spread confusion and turn everybody against him. He even succeeds in uniting María and his rival, Juan de Medrano.
Morón (mohr-OHN), Don Diego’s servant, who is in love with Beatriz. His master instructs him to pump Beatriz concerning her mistress, María. Morón finds his beloved in danger of exposure when Don Diego passes on the information obtained from her. To protect Beatriz, Morón explains that Don Diego’s knowledge comes through his powers as an astrologer.
María (mah-REE-ah), a young girl loved by Don Diego and Juan de Medrano.
Juan de Medrano
Juan de Medrano (hwahn deh meh-DRAH-noh), an impoverished young nobleman in love with María and preferred by her to Don Diego.
Beatriz (beh-ah-TREES), María’s maid, loved by Morón, to whom she reveals the details of Juan de Medrano’s visits to her mistress.
Don Carlos, Juan de Medrano’s friend.
Doña Violante (vee-oh-LAHN-teh), a woman in love with Juan de Medrano.
Leonardo (leh-oh-NAHR-doh), María’s father.