Beautiful, but unapproachable Zana alternately leads on and repulses the doctor who can’t help himself from being attracted to her. Always she wants from the doctor a bottle of poison—the ironic poison—because the person who takes it laughs while he dies. She says that she wants the poison for the “fox.” The “Fox” is her lover’s (Jacu’s) wife.
Fifty Great European Short Stories. Ed. Edward and Elizabeth Huberman. New York: Bantam Books. 1971.