The Stolen Party

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  • EXPOSITION: The Argument
  • The day before the party...
  • To that family, you are only "the maid's daughter". You're not going.
  • ... But Mother, Luciana is my friend! She said it will be a lovely party, and she invited me!
  • CONFLICT (INCITING FORCE): Permission
  • Fine. You can wear your Christmas dress, so you don't stand out so much...
  • Please, let me go. I will prove you wrong.
  • I can't wait to see the monkey!
  • Ines Residence, the day of the party...
  • RISING ACTION: Chores
  • My, Rosaura, you are so well-behaved!
  • *monkey noise*
  • I must be much more responsible than the other children - especially that rude girl with the bow in her hair.
  • Thank you, Señora Ines.
  • The main character in this story, Rosaura, is invited to her "friend" Luciana Ines's birthday party, but her mother does not want her to go, likely to save Rosaura from the haeartbreaking realization that she is no more to the Ines family than the daughter of the help.
  • CLIMAX: The Offer
  • $
  • It really was lovely and fun, Mother!
  • I wonder if I'll get a yo-yo...
  • Rosaura is determined to prove her mother wrong, and insists that Luciana is her friend. Her mother finally agrees to let her go, and proceeds to dress her nicely and do her hair. Rosaura sees this as a victory, and anticipates the party (and the monkey that will be there).
  • FALLING ACTION: The Realization
  • $
  • Oh. I see...
  • At the party, Rosaura thoroughly enjoys herself, seeing the chores assigned to her by Señora Ines as a compliment (that she is capable and responsible), and not taking to heart an instance in which one of Luciana's friends confronts her. More literally, she enjoys a compliment from the hired magician (he calls her a "countess").
  • DENOUEMENT: The Balance
  • $
  • Why isn't she taking the money? Do I just stand here?
  • Rosaura is picked up from the Ines Residence by her mother, and tells her what a great and positive experience it was. She expects for Señora Ines to give her a party favour (as she has done with the other children), even considering speaking up about wanting a yo-yo rather than a bracelet. However, to Rosaura's dismay, Señora Ines extends a handful of bills - a payment.
  • A few hours later, as the party is ending.
  • What a marvellous daughter you have, Herminia. This is for you, Rosaura.
  • Señora Ines does not appear to be aware of her mistake, and she holds out the money, waiting. However, her offer has lead both Rosaura and the reader to the unfortunate conclusion that she - a nine-year-old girl - was invited to help, and that her mother had been right in her earlier suspicions.
  • You've truly earned this, dear. Thank you for helping today.
  • Money? My Mother was right...
  • Señora Ines still does not retract her arm, somewhat uneasily holding out the bills (according to the description of her in this scene in the story's narration). Rosaura is deeply saddened, but she does not move either. The narration describes this hanging, frozen moment as a "balance" that neither side is wanting to tip to the side.
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