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The Kiss of the Spider Woman Chapter Summary & Analysis - Chapter 1 Summary

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Chapter 1 Summary

In Chapter 1, we are privy to the conversation of two men, Molina and Valentin. The entire chapter is told in dialogue between the two. The author, Manuel Puig, indicates dialogue with a dash before each speaker's words, rather than with the more conventional quotation marks.

At first we don't know where the two men are. But little by little, bits of their conversation lead us to believe they are in prison. For example, Molina mentions getting water when "they" let him out of the john. Valentin remarks about when "they" opened the doors to the showers.

Also, it comes through as Molina and Valentin talk that Molina is homosexual. Most of the dialogue consists of Molina telling Valentin about a movie, or "picture" that he saw. This creates a story within a story. In the movie, a woman named Irena is...

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