Sûrah LXXXI
THE OVERTHROWING
"And when the pages are laid open."

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OVERTHROW

the inhibitions holding Zahra's passion hostage:
apprehensive, yes
inexperienced, yes
repulsed by Franchone, no
it being the 'concept' of a man, or more specifically 'tragic memories,' not the actual flesh and blood of masculinity that repels, not in this form made so conducive by refraining from aggression, reassuring her that coercion will be kept at bay, forsworn, his muscles kindling concupiscence once their threat to overpower has been annulled by genuine kindness, by his almost grave regard wherein the import of their mute exchange transforms his expectations from the realm of carnal conquest to simpatico, clasping...