Or Even Read Fiction for Fun?
Posted by Christabel on October 26, 1997 at 15:47:14:
In response to Splish splash, written by Bea on October 25, 1997 at 17:49:41
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] ] ] ] ] ] 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.
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] ] ] ] 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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] ] ] I feel honored that, Christabel, herself has checked in on this discussion. I see what you're saying about May, but perhaps do you feel it is God's punishment to you for the sin you committed? Having a child with absolutely no interest in the essence of her parents' lives. But you must now look back and think that, perhaps, God has forgiven me because my great great great (?) grandaughter takes a scholarly--albeit warped--interest in her ancestors' work. ;-)
] ] ] Signed,
] ] ] Beatrice N.
] ] Yes, Maud is more like I child I could reconise as my own. Still, she is so cold. Have you learned nothing in the century since my death?
] ] CLM
] Chris (if I may be so bold)
] I think Maud needs to play in the water more? That, or to go to the zoo and watch the seals cavort?
You all seem to me so dour, so earnest, have you all forgotten that life is filled with joy. Especially Maud. She has no reason to hid from the world, the world respects her right to be private in so many ways it never respected mine. I wish Maud would find joy and perhaps a smile could cross her lips every now and again.
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