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Written by Tori Marie
(3/24/2004 2:55 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Taking Caroline away, penned by LaurieC
Laurie, I had the exact same thought about that Parrish/Randolph dialogue in Chapter Nine. It sounded like the two of them were reciting pre-rehearsed lines, didn't it? I almost sprayed tea over my book when Randolph walked into the room and said without preamble:
"I came as soon as I received your summons. What has happened and how can I help?"
Who does that sort of thing? How many people would actually walk into a room full of people--all of them pretty much related to one another and none of them related to oneself--and launch into an unknown and likely delicate topic? I wouldn't even suspect it of an American fitting the stereotypes of Mrs. Hurst and her ilk.
And how's a person supposed to believe that Parrish has his wife's health and safety as Priority #1 when he reacts so strongly and suddenly to Randolph's suggestion that they remove to Louisiana? Here he is in a conference with all her closest relatives while his wife recovers from what are thought to be self-inflicted knife wounds. But the suggestion that he take her home seems to make everything all better for him in an instant. In fact, I see him as positively giddy here--not what I'd normally expect from a man whose bride seems to be out of her senses within a week of the wedding.
And Darcy makes a good point about the voyage, I think. Sailing across the Atlantic is not exactly a calm experience under any circumstances but doing in wartime would increase the stress of the experience considerably, would it not? Especially since Parrish and Randolph have said that they've stayed in England to avoid treacherous consequences related to the war. Would a loving husband--or even a decent, but indifferent one--put his wife in danger that he wasn't prepared to face himself?
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