A one-act play with four characters (two males and two females).
Synopsis: Forced to spend the last years of his life at the Charenton asylum, THE MARQUIS finds his little pleasures in writing his controversial fictions and staging plays for the inmates. He spends his days with his very young lover MADELEINE and his companion CONSTANCE, the latter passing at the asylum as his daughter. Enjoying the sympathy of the asylum's director, THE MARQUIS lives at Charenton a more-or-less comfortable life. However, when the the director is dismissed from office and replaced by the sexually repressed doctor ROYER, the peace of THE MARQUIS is gone. Afraid that THE MARQUIS might use a compromising letter against him, ROYER tortures him to death, and rapes the two women.