can-canThe protagonist in this very short story by Arturo Vivante appears to be a happily married family man with a loving, trusting wife. When his wife dances the for one of their children, we can see that he also still finds her attractive. He knows she won’t question his going out alone for a long drive, even though this is out of character and she will surely think that he is up to something. But he has made plans to commit adultery with another woman. It is clear that he has no real love for this woman, which leaves the reader with a question: “Why would a man put his marriage and family life at risk like this?”

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can-can(n: can-can, singular) A type of high-kicking dance traditionally performed by a group of female dancers who wear costumes with long skirts, petticoats, and black stockings.