As an alternative to Luciana there is Rita, the Spanish-born daughter of his landlord.
But before he can get anywhere with her, her current lover, a vicious bully, humiliates her grossly in public. Although the role of avenger attracts him, he finds reasons not to confront his formidable rival.
In his erotic fantasies his mistress will have a delicate way of making love such as he has never tasted before, a uniquely European way. Because in Europe, where it is not so fiendishly hot, women are clean and never sweat.
He is vain, maladroit, narcissistic, and morbidly suspicious; he is prone to accesses of lust and fits of violence, and endowed with an endless capacity for self-deception.
He is also the author of himself, in a double sense.
In any love born of passion, some element of idyllic charm is required.” Later, reflecting on the fact that dogs are as yet the only creatures whose blood his sword has spilled, he dubs himself “dogslayer.”Zama is a prickly character.
He holds a degree in letters and does not like it when the locals are not properly respectful.
Male colleagues invite him to join them in a visit to a brothel. He has intercourse with women only if they are white and Spanish, he primly explains.