Posted by Christabel on October 24, 1997 at 14:35:31:
In response to Christabel's regrets, written by Jane E. on October 24, 1997 at 10:14:01
] ] However, there is something in Christabel's story that you just have to admire. She had the courage to break out of the mold. To do the unthinkable. She pays the ultimate price alright, but she does not regret one thing that she has done (except the Blanche part). There is a certain triumph in what she pulls off--nearly single-handedly.
] Well...yes, I do admire her courage. Imagine carrying that secret all those years, with your child living there and not loving you. But she DOES regret! She says at the end of the sealed letter "I would rather have lived alone, so, if you would have the truth." As Maud says at the end, "Love is terrible, it is a wrecker." Would Christabel have written such a fine "Melusina" without knowing passion and loss? Well, that's the classic artistic question, isn't it?
] By the way, Karen, you have no bio at Pemberley, and so I know nothing about you. Can you tell me a bit about yourself, so I feel I know to whom I am speaking? My bio is posted, and I'm afraid it's not very exciting.
The loss of freedom must have devastated Christabel. It was the only thing taht she wanted but in the end she found her world had to real space for her to have it. I don't know if she really regrets that their daughter doesn't love her but I do think she regrets that she (May) isn't at like her parents. If May had been like Christabel or Ash I think the loss would have been more bitter. As it was, May's personality most likely made it easier to think of her as someone else's daughter.
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