The Smile

A quote from The Smile

I looked at what I knew to be words.
She kept her voice light, ‘Do you read?’
Of course not! How rude.
I said, ‘No.’

Generations of female subjugation results in Abrin’s Wife having no access to information. In fact, the women of Kalvry’s Fort view an attempt to gain anything above the most basic of domestic knowledge as unseemly. Now in a new society, though retaining habitual politeness, she has no doubt, none at all, of her host’s gross errors.