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Written by Heather L
(4/28/2006 2:36 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Thoughts on balance of fantasy & reality in reading..., penned by MandyN
Maybe? I don't know; I haven't made up my mind about Henry as a reader yet. If I were writing a story about reading and readers, I'd set up the characters as different examples, and he'd be the character who errs in the opposite direction from the heroine. Very tidy; they'd balance each other out :) But if I look at the characters just as people, not literary devices, I see Henry as a smart guy, a shrewd observer of human nature -- how can he watch his father's treatment of Eleanor and not notice the parallels? So I don't know what to think about Henry.
I agree that Henry must have mixed feelings about his father. Some of the playwrights who have adapted NA have felt the same way.
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