Story of the Eye Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What is Simone wearing when the narrator and she first have a sexual experience at the villa?

Simone is wearing a black pinafore with a starched white collar. She is also wearing black silk stockings.

2. Explain what Simone does with the saucer of milk in the first chapter.

Simone lifts her skirt and, without showing the narrator any part of her private areas, sits in a saucer of milk.

3. How does the narrator equate sex and violence?

The narrator believes both sex and violence are related to things which destroy honesty and bliss. He compares sexuality to blood and crime and other topics which defy purity.

4. Explain why, despite being modest, Simone and the narrator have the relationship they have?

The narrator notes that he and Simone do have modesty, but choose, due to some inner urge, to defy modesty as immodestly as possible. They enjoy practicing unusual sex acts because this is the quickest way to defy modesty.

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