Thank you to the fine folks who responded to my Groped entry (women, I assume, but you never know on the Internet).
I asked to read you a passage describing Louise Napolitani … Weezy in my novels … getting groped by a guy she refers to as ‘the Lizard’ after the fact. She’s at a fancy party, and the Lizard is the host. Does she make a scene? Punch the guy? Perhaps, as one of my friends suggested, dig her heel into his instep? The conclusion was evenly matched between ‘don’t make a scene’ and ‘raise hell’. Another interesting dichotomy was how to handle telling or net telling Joe Mayfield. As she says of her relationship to Joe, “If it ain’t love, it ain’t bad.” Does she tell him, assuming that to not tell him might poison their relationship? Or does she say to herself that she’s a big girl, and she shouldn’t risk prejudicing Joe about his new boss?
Tough questions for Weezy. She’s no shrinking violet, and she’s unwilling to be intimidated by the Lizard. She handles the grope itself with sarcasm but not violence, and she does end up telling Joe the day after the party. I’m still revising, but I will put the scene up in a week or two.
If she knew a few aikido moves she could show the Lizard his error, in real time and without making a scene.