The magistrate visits a “girl at the inn” (probably a prostitute) regularly, and even continues to visit her when he’s involved with the barbarian girl. Though he’s aware that she is probably feigning her enthusiasm and pleasure when they sleep together, he nonetheless finds their encounters fulfilling. While the barbarian girl behaves authentically around him, however distant and cold she may be, the magistrate seems to prefer the showiness and apparent (but probably exaggerated) tenderness of the girl at the inn’s performance.
The timeline below shows where the character The Girl at the Inn appears in Waiting for the Barbarians. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...he’s gone through the ritual and the girl’s fallen asleep, he pays a visit to the girl at the inn . Even though he’s fully aware that she feigns to be enthusiastic and especially pleased... (full context)
...of footsteps on the stairway, the magistrate, undiscovered, makes his way to the room of the girl at the inn . There, he smells the comforting fragrance of her clothes, and decides to hide under... (full context)
...with Mai, saying how in prison he only thought about food—not women. He even mentions the girl at the inn , wondering why he is confessing all this, but then he realizes that when he... (full context)