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Written by Golda
(9/22/2004 8:05 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Yes...., penned by Kristen G.
In the 1960s, when The Forsyte Saga was aired in 26 episodes, there was a poll in Britain with people taking sides on whom they supported -- Soames or Irene. I saw it on the extras of the DVD that I bought for my mother last year but now I can't remember the outcome. I think that the public was split. I suspect that at the end of the group read, we'll be split too.
I've always had mixed views -- I don't think it's black and white. Soames loves Irene in his way, but he doesn't know how to express it. He chased after her until she finally agreed to marry her. He is a decent man on the hubby check list -- good income, comfortable situation, she wants for nothing, he doesn't drink, he doesn't chase women. What's not to like?
After about 3 or 4 years, Irene is sorry that she married him because she cannot love him. These comforts don't compensate for living with someone you cannot love. She is trapped. I think that must have been unbearable for her, as we see in her cold attitude.
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