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Written by Golda
(10/10/2004 4:30 p.m.)
In these chapters, Old Jolyon continues to make up for lost time in re-establishing a relationship with his son and grandchildren. I love the defiant way that he removed his will from the family firm and took his business elsewhere. He is turning up his nose at the Forsytes and their attitudes. When I thought about it further, I realized that it was easier for Aunts, Uncles and cousins to pass judgment and cut someone out of their life for social infractions than it was for a father.
Old Jolyon derives great satisfaction from knowing that his son will be richer than Soames. "It was sweet to think that at last he was going to make the boy a richer man by far than that son of James, the 'man of property'. "
Secondly, I loved that he opens negotiations to buy Robin Hill with James. (He won't even talk to Soames.) There is great irony that the house which caused so much grief for Soames will be the house where Old Jolyon lives with his newly reunited and presumably happy family.
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