Now retired, the General tries to keep old age at bay by dallying with every available pretty woman. His wife Emily, a determined invalid, perpetually complains of her husband's peccadilloes. Seventeen years ago, as they danced to the Waltz of the Toreadors, the General and Ghislaine de Ste Euvert fell in love. Ghislaine has waited, chaste and faithful, for the day when the General will be free of Emily. Now she comes to claim her man, armed with letters that prove Emily has been unfaithful.-7 women, 4 men
In the second act, the daughters reveal their affections for the secretary whom they heard had kissed another woman and fall into a jealous quarrel. Ghislaine never recovers from her stupor and continues to behave as though the secretary is her Leon. In a roucus scene between the married couple, Saint Pe confesses that she was often unfaithful to the general, and she knew all along of his unfaithfulness to her, but he's HERS! The general tries to kill her.
In the final act, Father Ambrose reveals that the secretary was, all along, the Generals abandoned son. The play ends with the general's arm around the waist of the new maid they hired.