Chapter 3 Summary

The third chapter, “An Immodest Proposal,” opens with Cal discussing her life today. Though born an American, Cal works in the Foreign Service in Germany; her department is in charge of “readings, lectures, and concerts.” Cal lives as a man and she explains how she uses the men’s washroom, though not the urinal, and wears a double-breasted suit, gleaming wing tips, and he smokes cigars. Though she acknowledges that this might seem excessive, she maintains that she feels the need the need for it. This is particularly true considering that Calliope still sometimes returns to the surface, noticeably in Cal’s walk or other gestures like checking her nails. However, she reflects:

just as suddenly...

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