Posted by Cassia on October 30, 1997 at 16:19:55:
In response to Freud, love and chapter 13 and 14, written by Kate on October 29, 1997 at 22:30:24
] Maud and Roland have this EXACT discussion in Chapters 13 and 14
] Chapter 13:
] Roland talks about how the metaphor of sex takes over everything (he's been reading Leonora on feminie descriptions of landscape) "all those gloves, a minute ago, we were playing a professional game of hooks and eyes - medieval gloves, giants gloves, Blanche Glover, Balzac's gloves, the sea-anemone's ovaries - and it all reduced like boiling jam to - human sexuality..."
] Roland: "We are so knowing.... And we paint everything with this metaphor (ie sex)
] Maud: "...We live in the truth of what Freud discovered. Whether or not we like it..."
] Chapter 14:
] Maud: "...about our generation and sex. We see it everywhere. As you say. We are very knowing. ...We know we are driven by desire, but we can't see as they did, can we? We never say the word Love, do we - we know it's a suspect ideological construct - especially Romantic Love - so we have to make a real effort of imagination to know what it felt like to be them here, believing in those things - Love - themselves - that what they did mattered"
Not only were they free of these, they didn't have to measure their words for idealogical and political content either. I'm not saying that these didn't exist, they did but I think that somehow people weren't measured for the sum of their parts as much as we are. Knowing that you are more than your deeds, possession, attitudes, ect., must have been a very secure feeling.
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