Shopping Bag

In a very upper-class neighborhood, there is a powerful social clique known as the Swans. The Swans consist of four very rich, very tall, very beautiful women. Their names are Miona, Fawna, Tabeeza, and Nella.

The Swans influence the opinions and fashion styles of the neighborhood’s other residents. The Swans are always invited to the most exclusive parties. All the neighborhood’s other female residents want to be Swans. All the neighborhood’s male residents want to be with the Swans.

Keeka wants to be a Swan. She craves the power and popularity and resentment from others that comes with being a Swan.

Currently, Keeka is a candidate for Swan membership. Typically, the Swans refer to their candidates as Ducklings. However, for unspecified reasons, the Swans refer to Keeka as an Ugly Duckling.

Unfortunately for Keeka, Swan candidates have to go through a grueling, mandatory hazing process in order to become Swans. This hazing process involves lots and lots of torture from the Swans, and having to do whatever the Swans tell the candidate to do.

Today, the Swans are shopping in various upscale clothing stores, as they often do. They have brought Keeka along on this shopping spree, not so that Keeka can shop with them, but so that Keeka can carry the many, many shopping bags full of clothes purchased by the Swans on this shopping spree, as well as try on the various clothes the Swans are considering purchasing, so the Swans will have a better idea of how the clothes will look on them.

At the moment, Keeka and the Swans are in a particularly upscale clothing store. Keeka is wearing one of the store’s dresses. One of the Swans, Miona, is considering buying the dress. All the Swans are standing around Keeka, judging how the dress looks.

Two of the Swans, Nella and Tabeeza, are having a heated argument about whether Miona should buy this dress. It is Tabeeza’s position that the dress is lovely; that Miona should buy it. It is Nella’s position that the dress is hideous; that Miona shouldn’t buy it.

Tabeeza argues that Nella is incorrect; that Nella’s perception of the dress is distorted due to the dress being worn by Keeka; that Nella only thinks the dress is hideous because it is currently being worn by a hideous person; that if a physically attractive person were wearing the dress right now, Nella would have a positive opinion of the dress.

Nella argues that Tabeeza is wrong; that Keeka’s physical unattractiveness has no bearing on Nella’s opinion of the dress; that, if a physically attractive person were wearing the dress right now, Nella would still think that the dress is hideous.

To prove her point, Tabeeza takes one of the Swans’ many bags of purchased clothes, then empties the bag of its contents, then covers Keeka’s head with the bag.

Now that Nella can’t see Keeka’s face, Nella’s opinion of the dress changes immediately. Nella says that Tabeeza is correct; that Nella’s perception of the dress was distorted by Keeka; that, now that Keeka’s physical unattractiveness has been obscured, Nella can view the dress more objectively. Nella says that the dress is indeed lovely; that Miona should buy it.

Miona agrees. She buys the dress.