In the slides, I emphasized that Shawl’s story both embraces and parodies “The Yellow Paper” and the white, heteronormative princess stories so common in the Western tradition. The tawny bitch of the title, of course, refers to both Belle and the dog as monstrous more than princess figures. How did you understand the dog in the story? Real or imagined? Sometimes one and sometimes the other? Pick a single moment and explain in a paragraph or two how it helps us define the dog and Belle as mad, sane, or something else.