Friday, 20 May 2016
The consent must be not only to have sex but also to have it with a particular person. Thus, pretending in the dark or in disguise to be someone's husband constitutes rape. Similarly, pretending to be a man's wife or, in the case of polygamy, one of his other wives also constitutes rape.
When Gratillonius, alerted, hauls down the drape, letting light into the room, the wind is heard, "Whoo-oo," outside. (Dahut, Chapter X, section 3, p. 220) This wind seems to become a protagonist in the narrative. Dahut, identified and violently rejected by her father, runs naked into the city as she will run naked through its streets when she has caused its inundation. Ocean will destroy the city as it once destroyed her childhood sandcastle of the city. Dahut's entire life prefigures its end - and that end will be the beginning of something else.