Elena is a fourteen-year-old girl whose mother is concerned about her—just like any involved mother would be. And just like many teenagers, Elena feels as though her mother is too concerned for comfort when it comes to her wanting to study with a new friend named Eugene. Elena explains this as follows:
. . . my mother had been more vigilant than ever. She acted as if I was going to go crazy or explode or something if she didn't watch me and nag me all the time about being a señorita now. She kept talking about virtue, morality, and other subjects that did not interest me in the least.
One might think, then, that since Elena has been getting lectured about propriety and chastity that her mother certainly would not allow her daughter to meet with a boy next door. And this isn't just any boy next door—he is white. This creates a whole different issue. However, the narrative shifts from Elena's mother being worried about Elena possibly being enticed into fooling around with boys to her...
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