Everything you need to understand or teach Flowering Judas by Katherine Anne Porter.
A young American woman, Laura has come to Mexico City in the aftermath of the Mexican Revolution in order to work for the revolutionary cause, in support of a socialist regime. She is a schoolteacher and also acts as a go-between for the local revolutionary leader, Braggioni, and his adherents. Braggioni has a personal interest in the lovely but cold young woman and he pays her nightly visits, hoping to seduce her. As the story opens, Braggioni is in Laura's room, singing to her. It is the end of the day and Laura is tired, but she receives Braggioni's attention politely, not wishing to offend the powerful man.
There is little action in the story. The events are mostly internal, as Braggioni's terrible singing and bantering conversation triggers Laura's thoughts and emotions. Laura knows that Braggioni would like to seduce her and that she "must resist tenaciously without appearing... View more of the Flowering Judas Summary