Posted by Hil on November 04, 1997 at 21:33:15:
In response to Thoughts, written by Cassia on November 04, 1997 at 15:35:32
] I love that Byatt kept the passion with the Victorians. I think she may feel that they in their relative innocence were much more cpable of passion than we are. Passion had become a tired, dingy emotion with unpleasant associations for Maud and Roland. Can they ever get back the purity? Byatt doesn't tell us.
If you see Roland as the knight on a quest, don't you have to see promise in their relationship in attaining that purity? Or do you interpret the quest as something else, like knowledge, and the relationship is something helpful on the way?
Is passion a delusion/dream of the relatively innocent or unrealistic? This gets us back to the idea of death of romance.... Passion isn't really dead, is it?
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