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Anais Ninappears in A Model

Anais Nin goes to New York and decides to look for a job but has no skills to gain lucrative employment. After an unproductive search for a job she decides to try modeling. In this story Anais shows how naive her thoughts are about life and how uneducated she is in the areas of sex. Anais will be approached by men with offers but is able to avoid being forced upon. Anais will at one point decide that what she needs to do is to loose her virginity to her boyfriend so that she won't seem so naive and vulnerable. Her boyfriend will tell mention marriage and Anais will admit she doesn't want to marry him. Anais' boyfriend will refuse to have sex with Anais which only makes her realize that she doesn't really care for him.

Anais will go from naive young girl to a woman that becomes quickly comfortable with her body. Anais will reveal her first lovers and the way that she remembers them. This story is one of the few that is told in the first person point of view.

Hildaappears in Hilda and Rango

Hilda is a young woman who is a Parisian model. She will fall in love with an American writer who will force her to initiate every sexual contact that they have. Because of this Hilda will become certain that she has to beg for any man's attention that she receives. When Hilda meets Rango he announces that she is a whore. Rango will listen to her reason for her actions and forgive her but will not allow her to sleep with him for some time. Hilda will be made to feel loved and wanted because of Rango.

Hilda had been shy and reserved wanting her American lover to make the first move and show her that he wanted her. It will be because of his indifference that she will be sure she is undesirable to men. It will be explained that Hilda was taught that women can control their sexual urges but that men can't without pain. Rango will take his time and show her how desirable she truly is. Hilda will feel as if she has been returned what was taken from her.

Dorothyappears in Two Sisters

Dorothy will take the lover of her sister, Edna. Dorothy will become so ridden with guilt that she will become unfeeling and unable to remain happy with her lover.

Pierreappears in Runaway

Pierre becomes the lover of Jeanette. Pierre will make it his quest to take the place of Jean in Jeanette's life.

Novalisappears in The Maja

Novalis is a painter who loves to pain his wife in the nude. His wife will become so self conscious that Novalis begins painting her while she sleeps. Novalis falls out of love with her preferring his paintings of her instead.

Fayappears in Saffron

Fay marries an older man whom she discovers is making love to the colored help. Fay becomes distressed that her husband can't make love to her because she's white. The problem will be remedied when Fay is covered with the scent of Saffron causing her husband to comment on the fact that she smells like a black woman.

Louisappears in The Woman on the Dunes

Louis is sexually frustrated and goes for a walk and finds a woman swimming in the nude. Louis will make love to the stranger but never see her again.

Jeanetteappears in Runaway

Jeanette is a young girl that runs away from her home where her mother refuses to let her have a boyfriend. Jeanette will first be a lover with Jean and then with his roommate Pierre.

Ednaappears in Two Sisters

Edna will be attractive and full of life until her sister takes her lover. Edna will show up to the wedding holding a bouquet but looking so pale and old that her sister becomes riddled with guilt.

Viking Princessappears in Sirocco

The woman remains nameless but is described as looking like a Viking princess. She will tell the story of her husband cheating on her causing her to leave. The woman has a lover in bed with her when her husband calls.

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