Vladimirskaya Travel on The door opens and the tiger leaps (93). This extravagant figure of the tiger leaping is Rhoda’s leitmotif. It OCClUS again and again in her soliloquies. That tiger expresses her fear of any sudden sensation, especially a sudden confrontation with other people. She goes on to say, speaking in imagination to her dinner companions, the other five characters plus Perceval: You did not see me come. 1 circled round the chairs to avoid the horror of the spring. 1 am afraid of you aIl. Vladimirskaya Travel 2016.