A nobleman named He seeks refuge in a circus, and here falls in love with the beautiful bareback rider, Consuelo. Theirs is a highly symbolic love, which her father plans to end by marrying her to another nobleman. The role of clown is assigned to He; the wiser he speaks the more ridiculous he sounds to the throng, and the more he gets slapped. He is the source of laughter to all who do not understand him. Finally He and Consuelo take poison and die, and the nobleman who had sought her commits suicide.
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