Solitude and fire
Posted by kate on October 29, 1997 at 07:14:19:
Sorry about all these posts - I was rereading the correspondence last night and so much occurred to me that I had to post about it.
The letter from C to A after he has embraced her in the park is fascinating, I think. She speaks of needing to maintain her solitude, which is, as we have discussed, a constant theme in the book, and the threat to it which he poses.
She uses the image of fire to describe what might happen. He wants, she say, a controlled fire, in a grate. But she is afraid that they would burn up with desire - she seems to have felt that desire and be frightened of it carrying her away.
I also find his plea for a little bit of happiness with her, which will not affect her solitude or independence somewhat naive, and a little facile for such an intelligent person as Ash. It was easy for a man to assume that a little fling would have not long term consequences... at least not beyond delightful memories.
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