Layla al-Uthman's story is also entitled "The Picture." This story is from the perspective of a confused woman having her mid-life crisis. The forty-five year old unnamed narrator also observes herself in the mirror. Unlike Narjis, this woman's qualities are fading. She points out the wrinkling skin around her eyes. This realization of her aging body sparked this idea of an adventure in order to "bring back feelings of youth" (al-Uthman 74). She complicates matters further when she writes "I made a resolution: to be unfaithful to my husband" (al-Uthman 74). She is still attracted to her husband but she speculates that he might not find her attractive anymore. The narrator says that she does not know if her husband has had affairs with other women. She describes her husband as still being able to attract other women. She wants to cheat on her husband until she recalls a letter her son sent her about his experience having sexual relations with an older woman. She realizes that does not want to be that woman.
Al-Saadawi, Nawal. "The Picture." Arab Women Writers. Albany: SUNY, 2005. 60-64. Print.
Al-Uthman, Layla. "The Picture." Arab Women Writers. Albany: SUNY, 2005. 73-78. Print.