THE MAIDS carries on Genet’s fixation upon the netherworld of life, showing us two maids who are sisters. They are servants, the servile dregs of society, and expendable. But Genet does not look upon them at all; rather he sees through their eyes and minds the rest of the nightmare world. Alone, the sisters take turns in pretending to be the rich lady of the house, and acting out their own vicious charades. It is this ability to pretend to be someone other than they are that keeps them alive; while at the same time the charades demoralize them. The scenes occur while Madame has gone for a rendezvous with her lover.