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Literature / Ragnatela

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Ragnatela is a work of historical fiction erotica by Quieta.

United States, 1959. Private Eye Patience Winslow has one dream: to take down the mafia, the vicious organization that stole the lives of her parents. Unfortunately, when she catches the attention of the suave, manipulative Don of the Borghese family, her life and dreams begin to quickly fall into ruin.

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  • The '50s: More towards the end of the decade, but it fits the dark, gritty aspect of the '50s.

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  • The Big Rotten Apple: Garland City is an obvious pastiche of New York City, with all the grime, crime and corruption associated with it.

  • The Napoleon: Patience is 4’11 and filled with rage.

  • Private Detective: The main character—and per the start of the story, just barely getting by.

  • Amoral Attorney: Leonardo's lawyer and consigliere, Charles Sawyer.

  • Family Values Villain: Leonardo puts on a front of being a benevolent family-friendly politician and lectures Patience multiple times about the benefits of a traditional family structure.

  • The Mafia: The main antagonists. During the 1950s, at the height of their power.

  • Sanity Slippage: Patience over the course of the story, resulting in a Despair Event Horizon.

  • Revenge Before Reason: Patience causes a lot of problems for herself by putting her need for revenge before common sense solutions.

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  • Abhorrent Admirer: Leonardo is one to Patience.

  • Beauty Is Bad: Leonardo is extremely attractive and extremely despicable.

  • Wanted a Son Instead: The reversal. Both Leonardo and Patience had hoped so much it’d be a girl that neither had even considered a boy name.

  • Pregnancy Scare: Patience had one at the beginning of the work.

  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Leonardo doesn’t remember killing Patience’s parents

  • Villainous Crush: Leonardo has a major one for Patience.

  • Baby Factory: Leonardo would like to turn Patience into one

  • Maternity Crisis: Patience goes into labor while Leonardo was murdering a small child in an abandoned warehouse.

  • Abstract Apotheosis: Leonardo’s mother is so idealized in his head she’s not viewed as a real person.

  • Good Is Not Nice: Patience can come off as rude, crass and bitter but her heart is in the right place and she genuinely wants to help people.

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  • Imperiled in Pregnancy: Patience multiple times throughout the story, most notably throughout the Italy arc.

  • Child by Rape: Andrea.

  • Experienced Protagonist: Patience has been researching and following Leonardo for years before the story takes place.

  • Pregnant Badass: Patience got out of a hostage situation amongst other things all while pregnant with her first child.

  • Self-Proclaimed Love Interest: Both Leonardo and Salvatore believe themselves to be the center of Patience’s love life. Truth be told, she can’t stand either of them, and for good reason.

  • Textual Celebrity Resemblance: Patience favorably compares Salvatore to Frank Sinatra.

  • Wouldn't Hurt a Child: Salvatore adores children and won’t cross the line into hurting one.

  • Lean and Mean: Salvatore.

  • Light Is Not Good: Leonardo has the face of an angel but his true colors aren’t nearly so pretty.

  • You Have Failed Me: Leonardo broke Stefano’s hand after he failed to assassinate Senator Nizzola.

  • Post-Rape Taunt: Both Salvatore and Leonardo do this.

  • Relative Button: Patience finally reveals to Leonardo that she hates him because he killed her parents. Unfortunately, he doesn’t even remember it.

  • Youthful Freckles: Patience is described as having a lot of freckles and as being youthful.

  • Birth/Death Juxtaposition: Paula dies right before Patience goes into labor.

  • Pregnant Hostage: Patience was kidnapped in Italy while heavily pregnant.

  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Both Salvatore and Leonardo are over 6’0, Patience,however, is tiny at 4’11.

  • I Have You Now, My Pretty: Leonardo to Patience both when she was forced to stay at his house and in Italy.

  • Plain Jane: Patience is described as averagely pretty, but she doesn’t take care of herself which knocks more beauty points off.

  • Best Served Cold: Patience waits about a decade to get revenge on Leonardo. In addition, she could have killed him multiple times but held off in order to get the ultimate revenge on him by exposing him as a criminal.

  • Mandatory Motherhood: Being the 50s, most women were expected to settle down and have children. It was a distant expectation at best for Patience at the beginning of the work and a full blown nightmare as the story went on.

  • Last-Minute Baby Naming: Both Leonardo and Patience had been pinning their hopes that she’d have a girl and neither had prepared a boy name.

  • Like Parent, Like Spouse: Leonardo is so attracted to Patience because she reminds him of his mother. On a lesser scale, Salvatore, as he claims to be attracted to busty blondes and yet he falls in love with the domineering Patience who is similar to his mother.

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