Probably the most complex and most frequently played piece of Ferenc Molnár is tackling the most important questions of human relationships. It is about the bitter story of two maids from the country. The one finds a decent, modest man for herself and accepts all the compromises, the other falls in love with a cocky, bohemian carousel barker.
Ferenc Molnár invokes Budapest in the 20s and 30s in his play, visualizing the atmosphere of the cabaret; it is a waggish comedy and a tragedy at same time about self-sacrifice, defencelessness and emotions beyond control.
According to the author, it is not how we die that is important – because death is the end of all – but rather how we live while we are alive, what decisions we make and what is our relationship with the world.