The first form of the theatre play was written at the end of the year 1865, the lady being the daughter of the ruler Vasile Lupu. She sacrificed herself marrying the son of the hetman Bogdan Hmelnitki, in order to remove the danger of the Cossacks’ attack and the destruction of her homeland. The play was repeatedly revised until it reached its final form, under the title «The Woman», published in the year 1895. Written shortly after the marriage of B.P.Hasdeu to Iulia Faliciu, according to I. Oprisan’s opinion, «it transfigures, more than any other of Hasdeu’s works, something of the scholar’s love towards his ardent wife».
«Razvan and Vidra»
The drama was initially named “Razvan Voda”, the feminine character being created by the author under the same powerful influence of his love for his wife. Razvan, the main character, went through all the stages, from the lowest level (gipsy slave) until the highest (waywode), supported by Vidra, his lover. Regarding this drama, Mircea Eliade remarked that: «here permeate passions and nostalgias unknown to the Romanian repertory – so poor in myths and so rich in mediocre characters «stuck to the ground» or «deracinated». In « Razvan and Vidra » there is an «imperial », heroic, « passionate » model about which we cannot say that it was annulled by surpassing the romanticism». The play entered forever in the classical repertory of the Romanian national theatre.