FEBRUARY 1999: Ylla CHARACTERS Ylla K - A Martian wife. Yll K - Ylla's husband. Nathaniel York - The Earthman who contacts Ylla through dreams. Pao - A friend of Ylla's who lives in the Green Valley. Doctor Nlle - A friend of Yll and Ylla. CONFLICT Protagonist - Ylla, who wishes to meet the Earthman from her dreams. Antagonist - Yll, who is jealous of Ylla's attention towards this seeming imaginary figure. Climax - Yll deceives Ylla, forcing her to stay home at the time the Earthman is supposed to arrive. Outcome - Yll kills the Earthman, causing a rift between himself and his wife. THEMES Marriage and jealousy are the two main themes of this story. What makes a marriage work? How much trust is necessary? And what happens when someone or something threatens the marriage? Summary Ylla K has dreams about a man from Earth arriving on Mars. She shares with Yll details of this Nathaniel York's exotically strange appearance, the music of his culture, and the belief that he will and in the Green Valley. Yll K suppresses his jealousy as best he can and tries to be more attentive to his wife, but realizes she intends to meet York when he lands. Using the ruse of a supposed visit by Doctor Nlle, Yll convinces Ylla not to go to Green Valley - she herself tried the ruse of visiting Pao to go to the area. She stays home and Yll goes out hunting, killing York. Though nothing is said of this, Ylla is aware of what happened. Notes The wife's name is an extension of the husband's, subtly indicating her subservience to him. The married couple never admit to each other that Ylla's dreams of York are based in reality, instead speaking of it as a kind of imaginative fancy. However, both of them behave as if York's arrival is real, making him Yll's rival for Ylla's affection. The marriage is kept together tenuously by this refusal to speak of things that could tear their bond apart.
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