Friday, April 6, 2012

Day Ninety-Seven: "La Lupa" by Giovanni Verga


A man is cursed by the allure of a she-wolf, a prostitute, a woman who seems determined to destroy him with the evils of her body. She ensnares him after he pushes her away by offering her daughter and her dowry. He accepts and gets much more than he bargains for. By story's end, he is committed to killing her in order to rid himself of the constant hunger, the preoccupation with something so vile but he can't do it. Her eyes and unrelenting love are all he sees.

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