Posted by Hil on November 01, 1997 at 15:07:36:
In response to I remain unconvinced..., written by Kate on November 01, 1997 at 14:09:01
] BTW the remark below (was it you?) that Christabel could be expected to be more sophisticated because she was French is misleading. Christabel was English, and had been brought up by an English mother, from whom she presumably would have received any education about sex. I don't think the fact that her father was French would have had any impact on her level of sexual sophistication at all.
Yes, I still prefer the reading that they were lovers, even though I really appreciated your post and research, Karen. I do think as someone suggested below, that Byatt makes fun of the overboard feminist take on C&B's relationship, but I don't think that means we necessarily have to jump to the opposite conclusion. I love writing that is rich with reference and symbol, and I love getting carried away into them, but I think the basic story that speaks to us is the most important, and in this case, I take it they are lovers until RHA arrives.
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