In a separate storyline, this family throws lavish dinner parties. One of their favorite dishes is mushrooms cooked with an old family recipe from Spain. How does the family know if the current batch of picked mushrooms is edible? Simple! They get a volunteer to eat a few first. If the volunteer keels over and dies, then the family does not serve mushrooms later at the party.
The family has one other flirtation with danger: They keep a vicious black panther chained up in the main courtyard. On occasion he is freed and chases after people. For all their seeming sophistication and nobility, this family seems a little wacky to me!
Some years pass, and Gaspar grows up to be a handsome young man, and the daughters become beautiful women. They continue to go on outings to the woods and swim in the river. But what had formerly been child's play has become flirtatious. Along the way, Gaspar reveals knowledge of different species of mushrooms growing in the woods.
The family unit unravels as the daughters grow jealous for Gaspar's attentions and the parents become unhappy seeing their white daughters spending time with a black man. Family members scheme against each other...