Posted by Jane Elizabeth on October 29, 1997 at 14:01:54:
In response to The Prowler, written by Kate on October 29, 1997 at 07:06:45
Egad, I hope he wasn't a stalker! I think it's a metaphor. Poor Blanche sensed her fragile little world was threatened, and the wolf-at-the-door metaphor is apt. Remember Sabine's wolf story much later, and of course, Byatt's interest in fairy tales and psychology.
I notice we haven't discussed Blanche much. Granted there's not much there, but I did notice something. In her suicide note she refers to herself as "superfluous." Then at the start of the next chapter, Val uses the same word to describe herself. It's clear these two women are parallels, and I think it's interesting the way Val escapes from her miserable fate but Blanche doesn't.
And hey...how 'bout those glove metaphors? Not to mention the round stones in her pockets. God, no wonder Christabel was a mess. Blanche used C's souvenirs of the Yorkshire trip to KILL herself.
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