Page 48 of Interpreter of Maladies “Interpreter of Maladies”
1st person point of view from Tina’s perspective
I am bored. The car just keeps going and going on these thin roads. When will we be there already? Bobby and Ronny start looking out the windows screaming. I look over and see these furry animals hanging from the trees. I think they’re called monkeys. Daddy takes some pictures of them. When we start to drive away, I am bored again, but I see Mommy take out some nail polish.
“Mine too. Mommy, do mine too,” I say.
She tells me to leave her alone. It seems like Mommy never cares about me. She is always doing things for herself and never for me. When Mommy took me to the bathroom, she didn’t even hold my hand. Then she tells me that I’m making her mess up. I am upset and bored so I start to button and unbutton the pinafore on Dolly. I don’t want to talk to Mommy right now. I just want to get there already. Whatever there is.
The car is starting to bounce up and down and Daddy is talking with the others about things I don’t understand. I want to understand what they’re talking about. I took off Dolly’s clothes and banged her against the seat. I hear the driver mention something called Dallas.
“What’s Dallas?” I ask. I start banging Dolly harder against the seat.
Daddy tells me that it is a TV show that is off the air. I don’t know what he means, but I don’t ask more questions. Will we get there already?