The novel starts with a beautiful description of Melanie’s exploration of her own body

The novel starts with a beautiful description of Melanie’s exploration of her own body. She is posing naked and picturing herself as a Pre-Raphaelite painting, womanly feminine painting and she pictures herself as a nymph or like a lover to the painters and she is sexualizing herself by using the paintings that she has seen. She is also fantasizes about the phantom bridegroom and pictures her wedding night. She is curious about how she will like as an adult, married woman.
Melanie does not believe in God, nevertheless she prays: “Please God, let me get married. Or, let, me have sex.” (Carter 8) While she is watching her parents’ wedding photo, Melanie decides to put on her mother’s wedding dress.