In "The Stolen Party", by Liliana Heker,why does Señora Ines leave her hand outstretched at the end of the story?What do you think the author means by the phrase "an infinitely delicate balance"...

In "The Stolen Party", by Liliana Heker,why does Señora Ines leave her hand outstretched at the end of the story?

What do you think the author means by the phrase "an infinitely delicate balance" in the last sentence?

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In "The Stolen Party", by Liliana Heker, Sefiora Ines leaves her hand outstretched at the end of the story. Ines is trying to hand Rosaura, thinking that Ines is about to hand her a bracelet and a yo-yo, faces off against Ines with a cold stare after seeing the money.

What is alluded to by Heker is that Ines has just crossed the line between the poor and the wealthy. Rosaura, to this point, has not had a defined understanding of social class. She does not know what it means to be the child of a cleaning woman. She only knows what it means to be a child.

Up until Ines offers Rosaura the money, she feels as though she belonged at the party. The she was an equal of the others in attendance. It is only when offered money that Rosaura identifies that she is socially out of her element.

Ines leaves her hand outstretched because she recognizes what she has done. She knows that she has shattered the reality of Rosaura. Therefore, she is fearful that if she moves, it will "shatter an infinitely delicate balance." The balance referred to represents the innocence which Rosaura is about to lose.

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