What is the man theme in the short story "Stolen Party" by Liliana Heker?

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The theme of the short story “The Stolen Party” is that we will always be what we come from.   Social class is not that easy to overcome.

In this story, a young girl named Rosaura learns this the hard way.  She has been invited to a party at the home of the daughter of her mother’s employer.  She is excited, but her mother warns her that the children won’t see her as an equal, and the employer’s daughter is not her friend.

“Ah yes, your friend,” her mother grumbled. She paused. “Listen, Rosaura,” she said at last. “That one’s not your friend. You know what you are to them? The maid’s daughter, that’s what.”

Little Rosaura does not listen.  She goes to the party and they ask her to help serve and pass out goodies.  At the end, she expects to get her goodie and instead gets paid.  This is how she learns that she was never a guest.  She was an employee all along.  Rosaura stiffens as the maid thanks her and hands her the money.

 Señora Ines, motionless, stood there with her hand outstretched. As if she didn’t dare draw it back. As if the slightest change might shatter an infinitely delicate balance.

 Ines realizes that Rosaura has just learned a difficult lesson about class.  You will always be where you came from.  Social class is hard to overcome.  Once an employee’s daughter, always an employee’s daughter.