It highlighted the exiled condition of its Filipino characters, exile of the physical and spiritual kind. The elder Monson was veteran of the turn of the century wars against Spanish and American colonial armies. It was also to Hong Kong where General Emilio Aguinaldo first president of the Philippine Republicwhose image adorned the younger doctor's clinic, went into a short-lived voluntary exile after a political settlement with the Spanish government.
She wanted him to remove her other navel through a surgical operation because if she will be going to give birth, where would the other umbilical cord be connected? In addition, she does not want to become a freak when she has to undress for her husband.
She said she is 30 years old and has just been married hours ago. Then, she told Pepe about a story from her childhood. When she was a child, she thought that everybody has two navels but when she discovered her doll, Minnie, has only one, she threw it into the pond.
Then she told Pepe that her mother is also in Hong Kong. Pepe talked to Senora Concha Vidal and discovered from her that Connie was lying — that she is not 30 years old, only 18; that she was not married a morning just before she came to consult him, but a year ago; that she has only ONE navel.
Senora de Vidal also told Pepe that she forced Connie to marry Macho Escobar because Connie was upset about the rumor that her father, Manolo Vidal, spends the public fund to send his children to school.
Pepe learned from his conversation with the Texeiras that Paco had been to Manila playing with his band. One day, when Paco was waiting for Senora Concha in her house, he found Connie and from that moment on he started wanting Connie. Connie had watched Paco perform in the clubs until one night, there were people fighting and someone had got shot.
Because Connie was shocked, Paco comforted her. Until some weeks, Paco drove Connie to his hotel, knowing that Connie also liked him. He was about to rape Connie, not knowing her background.
They only had a savage fight like wild beasts. After 2 days, Paco went back to Hong Kong. Pepe states that both Connie and Senora de Vidal have an evil hold on him and he knows that he will go running to them when they call him.
But he does not call it love. Pepe also realized both his father and Paco have a similar traumatized look after they came back from the Philippines. Pepe called Rita to invite her for a dinner with Paco and Mary to a club in Tovarich.
In Tovarich, they met Pete Alfonso, a bandleader who is seeking a pianist and a singer. Paco applied and got hired. The next important thing that happened was that Pepe found Connie Escobar naked inside the club and talked to her for he knows Connie needs him, with a promise to Rita that he would just do it with a couple of minutes.
After a short talk with Connie, Pepe went back to Rita and told her and the rest of the group to go home without him so he can help Connie in her problem, which made Rita get angry. She related it to a story where she ran away from school, not because of her father whipping her — a lie told by Concha to Pepe, but because she was ashamed that her father was an abortionist.
Then Pepe advised Connie to ask advise to her brother, Tony, at the convent, but Connie instead wanted to go in her hotel. However, when Connie went to her room in the hotel, she rushed back to Pepe telling him that Macho, her husband, is inside and she does not want to see him.
She told Pepe that Macho has other girls and one of them is her mother, Concha de Vidal. Paco learned from her that she found out the love letters of Macho and her mother. Connie asked Pepe to tell Macho that she was sick and does not want to see him, which Pepe agreed to do. Macho, however, stopped Pepe when he was leaving his room and told Pepe the story of their marriage and that he knew Connie knew of his past affair with her mother because of the letters, but he insisted it was over and done with.(A Book Review of Nick Joaquin’s The Woman Who Had Two Navels) In , Nick Joaquin left the Philippines on a Rockefeller creative writing grant taking him to countries such as Spain, the United States, and Mexico.4/5.
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