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46 . Having gone to Britain on a religious mission and failed , Cheng Huan finds spiritual salvation in the form of a little girl whom he worships like a saint and lusts after like a whore . Given that pedophilia is one of society'S most detested sexual per versions and that the elevation of the pure child one of Christianity's favored avenues to spiritual enlightenment , the fact that Broken Blos soms should teeter between the two and use a sadistic depiction of child abuse to counter the equally "perverse , " fetishistic worship of the child seems appropriate .
Perhaps this can be read as an interest in Tori's brooding, implicitly sadistic sexuality outweighing her fears. The moment is interrupted when a stockbroker, who had talked her into gambling away Red Cross charity funds on the stock market, comes in to tell her that she has lost the stolen money. The broker leaves, Edith faints, and Tori takes advantage of the opportunity to kiss the unconscious Edith. 21 The fantasy has been discussed as the internalization of a patriarchal ideology that insists on female passivity and submission to male domination, as an expression of some deep-rooted masochistic desire, and as a way in which society toys with forbidden sexuality to make it acceptable as "punishment" rather than as "pleasure.
In this case, The Cheat links the crossing of racial boundaries with the rape fantasy. It plays on all the ambivalence associated with that fantasy. On the one hand, Edith seems drawn to all those things re pressed in her white, American, bourgeois home, for example, open 22 Rape Fantasy sexuality, the sensual pleasures of clothing, and other objects of con sumption. In light of the rapidly changing sexual mores and life-styles of the World War I era, a certain amount of guilt and desire would likely be a part of any erotic fantasy involving a character like Tori .