Esteban (ehs-TEH-bahn), a well-to-do peasant and the second husband of Raimunda. Faustino, the fiancé of Acacia, his stepdaughter, is shot and killed. When the chief suspect, Norbert, is acquitted, Rubio, Esteban’s servant, becomes increasingly impudent. His drunken talk causes Raimunda to suspect Esteban of loving his stepdaughter. When Esteban offers to leave because of the trouble he has caused, Acacia declares her love for him. In the confusion following Raimunda’s screaming denunciation, the cornered Esteban shoots his wife.
Acacia (ah-KAH-syah), the daughter of Raimunda and Esteban’s stepdaughter. Although she repeatedly declares her resentment of Esteban for marrying Raimunda so soon after her father’s death, her mother eventually suspects that she is in love with her stepfather. When Esteban announces his intention of leaving, she breaks down and declares her love for him.
Raimunda (rri-MEWN-dah), Esteban’s wife and Acacia’s mother. After the murder of Acacia’s fiancé, Faustino, she is led, by the drunken talk of Rubio, to suspect her husband and her daughter of being in love. When she is shot by Esteban, she dies in peace because, at the end, Acacia turns to her. She feels that she has saved her daughter from her stepfather, that Esteban can never have her now.
Faustino (fows-TEE-noh), Acacia’s fiancé, who is shot by an unknown person.
Tio Eusebio (TEE-oh eh-ew-SEH-bee-oh), Faustino’s father and Esteban’s friend. His sons shoot and wound Norbert, thinking that he is their brother’s murderer.
Rubio (RREW-bee-oh), Esteban’s servant, whose drunken talk leads Raimunda to suspect Esteban and Acacia of being in love with each other. He declares that his master had never told him to murder Faustino but had expressed hope that no one would take Acacia away.
Norbert, Acacia’s former fiancé, who is cleared in the shooting of Faustino.
Juliana (hew-lee-AH-nah) and
Bernabé (behr-nah-BEH), family servants.
Engracia (ehn-GRAH-see-ah), and
Milagros (mee-LAH-grohs), family friends.