The Bell Jar
by Sylvia Plath
Marco is, according to Esther, the "woman-hater." And that pretty much sums him up. Esther gets set up on a blind date with him by Doreen, and the date swiftly goes downhill. Like Eric, another character in the novel, Marco views sex as ugly and demeaning to both men and women, but unlike Eric, Marco seeks sex anyway. The stripes of his own blood that he streaks on Esther's cheeks rather gruesomely punctuate his malevolent intentions. Fortunately, Esther fights back and escapes back to her hotel room.