“Karintha is a woman. Men do not know that the soul of her was a growing thing ripened too soon.” (Karintha)
This passage sums up Karintha’s tale in my eyes. Karintha “ripened” much sooner than she was supposed to. I believe that this statement means that she discovered her sexuality sooner that she was expected to. However, the way that she discovered her sexuality is not revealed in the story. The way I read it, she could have discovered it against her will. As it is stated near the beginning of the reading in reference to the attention Karintha receives, “This interest of the male, who wishes to ripen a growing thing too soon, could mean no good to her.” This line gave the entire story a sense of foreboding, like something awful would happen to Karintha.
Another line in the novel that makes it appear that Karintha was raped comes when Karintha’s feelings toward the men around her are brought to light. It says in the story that “she has contempt for them.” She has received their attention from the time that she was young and now holds them in contempt. Although this passage could mean something different, I believe it means that she had a horrible experience with one of the men and now views all of them contemptuously.