First Part: A Very Long Letter Wherein Things Are Told As They Are in Novels
Second Part: Juliet's Balcony
Chapter I: Having now sent the interminable letter to her friend Cristina, Maria Eugenia Alonso resolves to write her diary. As will be seen, in this first chapter, the genteel Mercedes Galindo appears at last.
Chapter II: Wherein Maria Eugenia Alonso describes the quiet times spent in the corral at her house and wherein Gabriel Olmedo also appears.
Chapter III: How a wandering attention unleashes a dreadful storm, which in turn precipitates great events.
Chapter IV: In which she waits, and she waits, conversing with an acacia branch and a few flowering vines of bougainvillaea.
Chapter V: Here, Maria Eugenia Alonso, sitting on a large rock, confesses to the river; the river gives her advice, and she, obediently and piously, decides to follow the advice exactly.
Chapter VI: Rain, a letter, and an afternoon that, like a road, glides, winds, and is lost in the past.
Chapter VII: Supremum Vale!
Third Part: Toward the Port of Aulis
Chapter I: After long months of deep sleep, one morning, from the depths of a wardrobe, lying among ribbons, lace, and old fabric, Maria Eugenia Alonso's literary verbosity has suddenly awakened. Here it is still rubbing its eyes.
Chapter II: After sailing for three days in the caravel of her own experience, Maria Eugenia Alonso has just made a very important discovery.
Fourth Part: Iphigenia
Chapter I: In the early hours of a Monday
Chapter II: Early Tuesday morning
Chapter III: Wednesday noon
Chapter IV: From Wednesday night to Thursday
Chapter V: Thursday night to Friday
Chapter VI: Early Saturday morning
Chapter VII: The same Saturday at midnight
Chapter VIII: Gabriel's letter
Chapter IX: The following Monday at nightfall