Violante is a poor, young lady being wooed by Henriquez.
Of humble birth, she has no desire to join the greats of this world, preferring her village. She therefore pays little attention to Henriquez’s blandishments. She is also worried that should he have his ways with her, he would then abandon her. Despite his promises to marry her, she still refuses him, and he rapes her. Though she resists him, she remains entirely silent during the act. Shamed and dishonored, she flees her father’s house, finally disguising herself as a shepherd boy named Florio, in the hopes of following Henriquez and shaming him. The disguise is not entirely successful: both the mad Julio and the Master of the Flocks realize that she is a woman, and the latter attempts to rape her, though Roderick’s arrival saves her in this instance. She enjoys singing to herself, and accompanies herself on the lute. There is no evidence of her ever being in love with Henriquez, rather wishing that he marry her to repair the crime he has committed against her and to restore her honor.