Miguel Rivera is a man well located in the city, pragmatic, somewhat elated and a little cynical and unbelieving society. His wife, Maximina, is very young and naive, beautiful, sensitive and loving, almost a child. Maximina fit with difficulty in urban society dominated by appearances and involvement. It is a haven of clean idealism and love in a worldly environment. As a Don Juan to Dona Ines, Miguel provides baffled the love he has his wife and is perceived as a gift to God. Maximina was also the name of the wife of Armando Palacio Valdés, who died two years before publishing this novel. The book progresses, without much glare and darkness, making manners of bourgeois life of Madrid in the second half of sg. XIX, rather bland until we face the end. In the last thirty pages the author meets several passionate events (some in which the strength of the autobiographical perceived) and the novel make much weight and authority. let me good memories.