EccentricMuse

Eccentric Musings (jakaEM)

"I have undergone sharp discipline which has taught me wisdom; and then, I have read more than you would fancy." Emily Brontë

 

still figuring this place out - Jen W

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Friend of My Youth
Alice Munro
Progress: 115/288 pages
Survival: A Thematic Guide to Canadian Literature
Margaret Atwood

p. 325 (51%)

The Portrait of a Lady - Henry James, Anita Brookner, Pierre A. Walker

Wow, a day concentrating on it has improved this thing immensely!

 

I am picking up some definite Shakespearean influences, e.g. (Osmond to Isabel):

 

"My envy's not dangerous; it wouldn't hurt a mouse. I don't want to destroy the people--I only want to be them. You see it would destroy only myself." p. 288

 

And then: "Women--when they are very, very good--sometimes pity men after they've hurt them; that's their great way of showing kindness," said Ralph, joining in the conversation for the first time and with a cynicism so transparently ingenious as to be virtually innocent."

 

"with a cynicism so transparently ingenious as to be virtually innocent."

 That is such a fantastic line - and kind of sums up a main theme, yeah?

 

BUT:

Why on earth did Isabel have a change of heart and agree to marry Osmond? Is this more of her fatalistic paradoxical reasoning? Her motivations are so unclear to me, it almost reads like a plot contrivance, but I must be missing something.

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