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Written by LaurieC
(9/22/2004 9:38 a.m.)
Old Jolyon deems his son as "no longer a social pariah" when he marries, so sends him a check. Young Jolyon returns it with a note saying he'd be glad to have it invested for the sake of Jolly "who bears our Christian and, by courtesy, our surname..." Does he mean that since the child was born out of legal wedlock, that the child should have been given the mother's last name, but is referred to as a Forsyte (although not legally)?
After 14 years, some of Old Jolyon's first words to his son are: "I suppose you're in debt?" LOL, what a relationship! Anyway, isn't the club Young Jolyon belongs to the same one that rejected his father?
In chapter 7, Old Jolyon visits his son and family. The wife is overcome and Young Jolyon follows her into her room. "He reached out his hand, and, unseen, slipped his razor-case into his pocket." Yikes! This sounds ominous. I can only imagine what has gone on in the past. It must have been such a hardship, and as to Old Jolyon's thoughts on society passing judgment and ostracizing his son and his son's son...it's such interesting and convoluted thinking!
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