Title story of a collection by Katherine Anne Porter, issued with five others in 1930 and with still another four in 1935.
Laura, a 22-year-old American resident in Mexico, has an uneasy relationship with the revolutionary leader Braggioni, who courts her, and with the principles of the revolution that she vaguely assists. When Braggioni returns to his wife one evening, Laura falls asleep, dreaming of Eugenio, another revolutionary leader, who killed himself in prison with sleeping pills she had brought him. In the dream he asks her to eat the flowers of a Judas tree so as to travel with him to the land of death, but when he accuses her of being a murderer, she awakens herself, crying aloud “No,” in negation of the nameless disaster that she has long feared.
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Katherine Anne Porter (1890—1980) American short-story writer and novelist