Bix wrote: In his fevered passionate fantasy of his love for Rosa, I'm sure Arturo was elated to find a thing of beauty and worth that he could give to her. No matter that he knew he was stealing one of the few things of beauty his mother owned, he had to do it. Rosa may even have considered keeping such a beautiful thing, but her mother recognized that neither family could afford such things, so it must have been stolen, and made her give it back. And things go downhill from there. I found this scene really emotionally painful to read because Arturo is so raw and bleeding in it. (Not that he isn't that way in every scene!)
Bix, this brought me back to how someone (can't remember who it was) characterized Arturo's feelings for Rosa as an obsession. I think this is so true, as seen in the lengths he goes to here with this incident. I'm not excusing him, but I think he was out of control, and wasn't thinking clearly. Then, when she wouldn't accept his present, he lost it. I think his emotions, ego and his poor male role model pushed him over the brink.
Bermuda, I only see one post. I guess you were able to fix that....with that cute little rolling pin, maybe?