Macbeth

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Macbeth

One day when Holly and the narrator go for a walk through Fifth Avenue on a beautiful
Autumn day Holly seems interested in the narrator's childhood without really telling him
about her own, even though talking about herself is something she does quite often. "...it
was elusive, nameless, placeless, an impressionistic recital, though the impression
received was contrary to what one expected, for she gave an almost voluptuous account of
swimming in summer, Christmas trees, pretty cousins and parties: in short, happy in a way
she was not, and never, certainly, the background of a child who had run away" (54).
Holly's character has such a dramatic flair that the reader nor the narrator never really
know what to expect from her. On some occasions she will openly talk about outrageous
taboos with perfect strangers and on others she will claw like a cat anyone who gets too
close to her: "I asked her how and why she left home so young. She looked at me blankly,
and rubbed her nose, as though it tickled: a gesture, seeing often repeated, I came to
recognize as a signal that one was trespassing" (20). Holly is not only a physical paradox
of a girl and a woman, but so is her personality, she has an odd mixture of child-like
innocence and street smart sexuality. This is most apparent in Holly's chosen profession,
the one dubbed "the world's oldest". Holly seems to always have a man banging on her door
or passed out in her apartment asking more for their money or another "appointment".
Holly's first real conversation with the narrator takes place some time after the midnight
hour when she escapes from one of her drunken clients via the fire escape and knocks on
the narrator's window. Much to his surprise, she is wearing only a robe and asks if she
can stay in his apartment until the man in her's passes out or leaves. "...any gent with
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