The Question and Answer section for Flannery O'Connor’s Stories is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
Manlley seems okay until he starts kissing her. His demeanour changes to being controlling and rather condescending towards Joy.
She feels pretty let down about the experience. She had expected more from her first kiss.
He refuses to give her leg back: instead, he slams it inside his travelling bag and climbs down the ladder,