Further explanation of lazy
Posted by Karen R on October 24, 1997 at 16:56:28:
In response to Not lazy, written by Hil on October 24, 1997 at 16:09:33
I think that I am viewing lazy as without the ambition or self-motivation to do anything about one's life. Val turns to the workplace in the most noncareer-oriented of jobs: temporary office help. Some people might use this as a way of figuring out what type of business they want to work in, sort of a sampling technique. Not our Val. Even if she find the employer's line of work moderately interesting, it's just a temp job. That is, until some one else comes into the picture and motivates her to do more with herself and her life.
Roland is also lazy in the sense of lacking self-motivation. Maud becomes the one who will change Roland's self image and life.
What kind of people would live in an apartment like that? Granted they had little money, but the stench, the dripping, ooooh, eech!! Why did Byatt make it so disgusting if not to show us this aspect of their characters?
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