Posted by Valerie on September 23, 1997 at 20:36:05:
In response to , written by Haley on September 23, 1997 at 13:06:14
] Well I am not one for sad endings... but I did like this story, and I guess I felt like she died happy at least! and he couldn't hurt her anymore... but I thought the ending was too abrupt... and somewhat confusing how it happened... here is the quote that I don't quite understand...
] "You killed her, you wrecked her and left her to die in the cruel sea! The priest followed and compelled your tools to give her up, and would have brought her back to me without harm but for your black deed. Wring your hands and groan till your hard heart breaks, you are too late for any word of hers."
] So I take it that Ignatius caught up with the boat that carried Rosamond and compelled Tempest's tools (men he had hired) to give her up to him... but then... why didn't Ignatuis die also? it seems strange to me... I guess he lived just to take her back to land and show Tempest?
Okay - the way I understood it was that Ignatius was in a different boat than Rosamond. When Tempest was watching the two little boats in front of him he got them mixed up - thinking that the one that Rosamond was in was Ignatious's and visa versa. He intended on killing Ignatious, leaving Rosamond to him. But it turned out that in his act of cruelity he killed his love instead. Ignatious, who was in the other boat, saw what happened, tried to save her, but could only take the dead body to her grandfather. It was all a twisted sort-of irony - and verydepressing. But I think Louisa May Alcott meant it to be a nobel ending - Rosamond would wait in heaven, while her priest had a hard honest life on earth, and they would be joined at last in eternity - without breaking any vows in their love for eachother, as they would have if she had lived. Tempest, in his attempt to get to Rosamond first - by killing himself would only perish in a never ending hell - while she was forever safe from him.
] And isn't Ignatius just wonderful! I think I fell in love with him the moment he jumped in that river :D!
I loved him too!
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