Victor and Marta, recent acquaintances, have just finished dinner at Marta’s apartment. Her husband is away on business; after her two-year-old finally falls asleep, the would-be lovers move to the bedroom. There Marta suddenly complains of feeling ill. Moments later, their affair unconsummated, Marta dies in Victor’s arms. What would you do in Victor’s place, reader?
(Fiction; New Directions, 2001)