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Written by Tori Marie
(10/10/2004 6:31 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, More on Old Jolyon, penned by Golda
Golda, I too found much to like in Old Jolyon. I thought it was touching to watch him in all of these paternal relationships. His interactions with Jo, June, Jolly and Holly are all warm and loving, which seems to be flying in the face of Forsytheism.
I did find it ironic, however, that he chose to bring Jo back into his life just as his situation could be most hurtful to June. I know someone down the board was talking last week about how Young Jolyon was just the wrong person to be talking to Bossiney, but I'm thinking more about the timing of bringing the father back into the daughter's life. After all, it was for June's sake that Old Jolyon threw his son off in the first place. While I wouldn't begrudge any of the family this reconcilliation, it does seem that it comes at the time when it could be most hurtful to June.
One more thing about Old Jolyon and the young ones is his pattern of focusing on the youngest of his loved ones. He chose his granddaughter over his son when she was very small. Now he seems to be focusing very greatly on his grandchildren. If I were forced to talk about symbolism and such stuff, I would have to say that Old Jolyon is trying to find something in the little ones that has escaped their older relatives. Hope maybe? Or Perfection? This last could be Forsytheism in action, couldn't it?
About Robin Hill, I agree that going to James instead of Soames is just the right way to go about making an offer. Soames has become rather pig-headed about the place, IMO, and has completely lost sight of reality, while James would be much more ready to get rid of the white elephant.
Above all, I was most surprised by June's request that he buy the house in the first place. It's extraordinarily unselfish, don't you think? She knows, at this point, that his affection is no longer hers, if indeed it ever was. Some people would be too angry after such treatment to be very concerned about his financial affairs. Very few, I think, would actually contemplate helping him in any way, but June's idea goes so much further. If her grandfather succeeds, she will have to live in that house, which I imagine will be quite painful. In a way, she's sacrificing her own happiness for the good of a man who has treated her shabbily, because she believes she still loves him.
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