Don Bernard is Leonora’s father, a crusty old man who claims to have sympathy for the young and for women’s right to choose their own husbands, but shows little signs of it.
He wishes Leonora would find a richer young man than Julio, and has far more consideration for the business transaction aspect of marriage than for anything as silly as love. Not very self-aware, he does not realize that he could be talking about himself when he describes his father-in-law as a blockhead. His distemper at Leonora’s continued refusals to marry Henriquez grows to violence when she still refuses at the altar; the only explanation he can come up with is that she has gone mad. He only realizes how wrong he’s been when Leonora is abducted from the convent where she’d taken refuge, and the realization brings him to tears. He is rather an old fool, but not a malicious one.