In the final chapter of La Fiesta del Chivo (The Feast of the Goat), Samson the parrot plays a recurring role. Here are a few examples:

Her reply is a sudden jabbering. The five women turn their heads: Samson is awake and announces it by chattering. [...]

Samson, who has been quiet for awhile, displays his pleasure or displeasure again by puffing out his feathers and shrieking. No one says anything. [...]

Samson has begun to move nervously around the bars of his cage; he sways back and forth, stops, sharpens his beak on his claws.

These short interludes are interspersed in Urania's recounting of her most tightly held secret, but I don't recognize any real pattern. I suppose it's possible that Vargas Llosa simply wanted a light way to interrupt the story, but I suspect it's more than that. What is the purpose and/or meaning of Samson's interjections through this crucial part of the story?



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