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|Shutting down emotions
Written by LaurieC
(9/21/2004 9:37 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I was so depressed, penned by Alison H
I know what you mean! I was re-reading this part, and noticed that to avoid emotional entanglement (though old Jolyon did take a big first step) the focus switches from the emotional to the material. I wonder if this is why the Forsytes focus on material things, since I do see little flashes of their unguarded nature, which they quickly close down. Here's a sample of what I'm talking about:
"What will you do with yourself, Dad? I suppose she's wrapped up in him?"
"Do with myself?" repeated old Jolyon with an angry break in his voice. "It'll be miserable work living here alone. I don't know how it's to end. I wish to goodness---" He checked himself, and added: "The question is, what had I better do with the house?"
Another thing I've noticed is the unwillingness to let people in to share the things that give pleasure in life. For example, Soames has a room full of canvases at home, he considers his wife artistic, "secretly" respects her opinion, but is never asked to look at the pictures, and never does! If Soames had let Irene know he valued her opinion, shared the pictures...I don't know, it just seems a great shame that these two don't share more. Very sad.
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