And yet, Rosina's family wants to stay in La Soledad, even if Thielen Armand's family had decided to sell it. Both El Negro and Rosina defiantly sense it is their prerogative to stay in a house that does not legally belong to them. This belief opens onto alternative forms of class relations circulating around the notion of possession. None of La Soledad's characters play the paternalistic game classically imposed by Latin American elites, who tend to feel invaded by the poor and expect gratitude from their domestics, even if the domestics receive what is theirs, be these fair wages or compensation after a lifetime of service. References to slavery—the region's founding institution of wealth still enjoyed by many members of the elite—may contribute to the firmness of El Negro and his family's claims to a space legally owned by others.