Eva Medina’s dilemma could be expressed by a remembered conversation from her childhood:
“Mama, where does the bee sting?”“Your heart,” Mama says.“Down in your draws,” says Miss Billie.Is your heart in your draws?
Her own ambivalence about her role as a person, sex object, and lover is made more difficult by the attitude of men toward her: “All they think about is where they going to get their next piece.” Although she thinks often that she must “keep her legs closed,” she remembers and quotes her mother, the voice of experience, who told her that “after you’ve done it the first time, you won’t be satisfied till you’ve done it again.”
It is through such fragmentary and often contradictory thoughts, dreams, and statements made in conversation that Jones reveals Eva Medina Canada. The character that appears as she tells her own story is a lonely, silent woman hardened by abuse and desperate for love, incapable of breaking out of the patterns of her past.
When Davis keeps her in the room and will not let her comb her hair, it is not surprising that she thinks of herself as “Medusa. . . . Men look at me and get hardons. I turn their dicks to stone.” Jones portrays her both as a defenseless victim of the animal desires of the men who stalk her and as an animalistic temptress herself: the Medusa image, her name (Eva/Eve), and her...
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