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  • Mary Ann Robinson, a young woman living in The Bronx, New York, with her neurotic, overbearing mother and kindly but ineffectual stepfather, is raped while walking home one night. Keeping the attack to herself, Mary Ann runs away, seeking to lose herself in Manhattan by renting a seedy flat and taking a job in a dime store. Overwhelmed by people's hostility and her own despair, Mary Ann tries to jump off the Manhattan Bridge, only to be stopped by Mike, a garage mechanic who takes her back to his modest basement apartment nearby. At first appreciative of Mike's kindness, Mary Ann becomes terrified when he refuses to let her leave. Is Mike really Mary Ann's rescuer - or is he another rapist?

    - Written by Eugene Kim <gene_kim@earthlink.net>
  • College student Mary Ann Robinson is raped late one evening as she is walking home from the subway. She tells no one of the incident and destroys whatever might remind her of that night. Mary Ann is no longer able to cope with her surroundings, especially the continual questioning of her domineering mother. Mary Ann runs away to the city, renting a shoddy room in a rooming house and working at a dead end job at a five-and-dime. Mary Ann fares no better on her own, always thinking about the incident, and being agitated by any physical contact or mention of men in a romantic or sexual context. Most view her agitation purely as haughtiness. Mary Ann's problems change when she meets Mike, a man who just wants to love.

    - Written by Huggo
  • A young rape victim tries desperately to pick up the pieces of her life, only to find herself at the mercy of a would-be rescuer.

    - Written by Eugene Kim <genekim@concentric.net>


Adapted from the 1958 novel Mary Ann by , Something Wild tells the story of Mary Ann Robinson ( )...

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