narrative revisited **SPOILERS**
Posted by Kate on October 27, 1997 at 19:19:32:
In response to RE: Midway, written by Cassia on October 27, 1997 at 18:33:52
Thank goodness! My net connection has been down since Saturday, and I've been rereading and there is so much to say on this.
I revoke what I said earlier. Of COURSE the Ash/LaMotte story has a narrative drive to it. We know they don't end up together... but we don't know why or how. And the mystery, what happens to the CHILD? that is what drives on the narrative of them, as it drives it on for Roland and Maud and everyone else who gets involved in the CHASE.
And there is so much about narrative in the book - I just kept discovering more and more.
Ariane doesn't tell Maud and Roland about what is in Sabine's diary because "I wished you, perhaps a little childishly, to have the narrative shock and pleasure that I had from discovering it..."
Maud at the end, want the Ash/LaMotte letters to be kept together because they need to be read together "to make any sense", contrary to the position which she, as a good academic, had taken at the beginning.
And what about the Ash poem at the beginning of Chapter 27?
"... We must know
How it comes out....
....we cannot let go
Of this bright chain of curiosity
Which is become our fetter. So it drags
Us through our time - "And then, and then, and then,"
Towards our figured consummation.
And we must have the knife, the dart, the noose,
The last embrace, the golden wedding ring
The trump of battle or the deathbed rasp
Although we know and must know, they're all one,
Finis, The End, the one consummate shock
That ends all shocks and us..."
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