page 322 of 818 of Fortunata and Jacinta: Two Stories of Married Women

What Galdos does in his writing is not over simplify the characters. Here Dona Lupa snuggles in the strawberries so Nicolas can’t have any, but she shares them with Maximiliano and Papitos. These are complicated people and that makes the satire more biting because it’s not unfair or cruel. There is no (cheap strawberries) low hanging fruit here