Amina Cain wrote Indelicacy using the protagonist as the first person narrator.
The main character is like a Cinderella, who had to work in physical toil, until a rich man came to marry her and took her to his wealthy home. Now how often does this happen in real life? Rich men who crave wealth would want to marry up, marry his equal, marry a ridiculously younger woman, or marry a beautiful woman who is above his aesthetic appearance.
Vitoria’s love for writing is greater than her fondness for her husband or new found luxury living. She plans and plots her exit from her marriage. She speaks to their maid Solange and instills in her the plot to seduce her husband. Briefly, Vitoria gives away her husband to Solange. He agrees but under certain conditions which are meant to preserve his pride and dignity.
Solange may be set up to repeat the life Vitoria had when she was first married. It may not be a coincidence that another woman from the blue collar working class marries a rich man.
Vitoria gets her wishes granted when her plot works out. She leaves her husband and receives a monthly stipend from him, to maintain a modest life style.
Indelicacy is easy to read. Its the perfect kind of easy reading for women and men who want to relax with a book. Buy it.
“Out in the street, candles light every window” (Cain, 2020, p. 3)
“A bedroom with a bed and blanket” (Cain, 2020, p. 10).
“In the kitchen, a table and two sturdy chairs” (Cain, 2020, p. 10).
This is the scene from the quote.
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