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Double Falsehood Characters

Henriquez is the Duke of Andalusia’s second son, and is in the process of sowing his wild oats, much to his father’s despair. 

Though wild and driven by his desires, he is not incapable of introspection. He is fully aware of the extent of his faults when he commits them, but this awareness does not alter his behavior; after raping Violante, he manages to rationalize that because she did not utter a sound, she was not truly resisting. Asked by his friend Julio to look after Leonora, he takes the opportunity to get Julio out of the way and woo the lady for himself, his passion for Violante being quite forgotten. Just as he blames Violante for not resisting vocally during her rape, he blames Leonora for causing him to fall in love with him. He obtains the consent of Don Bernard, Leonora’s father, to marry her thanks to his social rank, which he is not shy of pulling. He is a good liar when he needs to be, which is quite often. Faced with the evidence of his wrongdoing, he repents and chooses to act honorably, leaving everyone (presumably) happy.

 

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