page 774 of 818 of Fortunata and Jacinta: Two Stories of Married Women

I like how so many of the characters in the novel are all now sitting on the steps outside Fortunata’s apartment waiting for her to return (from her drama with Aurora). They’re all lined up, one step above the next. And the baby inside, crying for its mother. Fortunata will have to climb those stairs, like a prison tower, past all who judge her, and take her place with an illigimate son of her only love.