Ellen Ash (spoiler here)
Posted by Jane Elizabeth on October 28, 1997 at 14:35:27:
In response to A Prototypical Barbie, written by Karen R on October 28, 1997 at 13:17:19
But Christabel: petite and calm, her tiny green-clad feet, her slender waist, her direct gaze. Odd that the Victorian heroine is the most physically self-assured.
Does anyone have any take on Ellen's frigidity? I hadn't thought about it much, but when we were discussing the tragic outcomes of the Victorian women, I realized that it was why I found Ellen so sad. Not that she didn't enjoy sex, but that she felt she needed to spend the rest of her life making it up to Randolph by becoming a perfect helpmeet. Remember the scene where Randolph and Christabel are dining at the inn. He notices her total lack of wifely attitude. Would he have noticed it if Ellen didn't go so overboard? Perhaps Ellen's behavior was suffocating. She may actually have driven him into the bracing air of Christabel in her loving attempt to make up for her frigidity.
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