Retrato imaginario 4. The Rich Girl

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She was born rich. Her parents were born rich. And her four grandparents were all born rich. That family ignored completely what work meant in contemporary Western societies. They just lived the easy life they were born into. The Rich Girl was about to be fifty eight years old. Never in her life she felt challenged by questions such as “What do you want to be?”, “Would you like to have a career?”,  “where do you place “success”? . She was aware that her mission was to remain right there, in the position she was born. There was no ambition, no desire. Paradoxically, her way to realize and reinforce her accepted, fixed and unchanging destiny, was to complain all the time about how things weren`t perfect. Obviously, she lived in a thoroughly controlled environment and things were always as they should be. But she managed to found imaginary flaws and lacks everywhere. She wasn’t interested in any other literary genre than novels: she devoured stories that preferably brought news from far places or from past times. All mistakes she found around her were inspired by those exotic narrations: this way she made sure that none of her complains would ever be answered. Somehow, she knew her dissatisfaction legitimized her paralysis and reinforced the establishment.

Palabras clave: la falta, el deseo de lo ajeno, la parálisis

Jaime Conde-Salazar

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