Re: Good man?
Posted by Kathy F. on October 09, 1997 at 23:39:58:
In response to Good man?, written by Margie on October 09, 1997 at 12:00:30
] At one point Jane even calls him a good man. I don't understand how she could view such a manipulative, exploitive, and self-centered man as good. She has such a wonderful honesty, and St. John is anything but honest. There are times when he's clearly feeling angry and vindictive toward Jane and he tells her he's not feeling these emotions.
I would hesitate to call St. John a liar, because he truly feels that what he is doing is the right thing. Blind, yes. Liar, no. When he says that he is not angry, etc. towards Jane, I think it's more like he knows that he shouldn't be angry at her, and he's trying to stifle those emotions--more of a statement about what will happen if he can control himself, than what he is actually feeling as he is saying it. He probably thinks it is better to say that he is not angry at her and hope that he will eventually be not angry at her, than to say, "Yes, Jane, I hate you, you've ruined my plans, and you can go to the devil!" even if that is what he is thinking at that time.
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