This Is the Place
Posted by Ken on November 05, 1997 at 11:09:27:
In response to Putting 'em in their places..., written by Stolzi on November 05, 1997 at 10:33:44
] It is interesting how JA respects Sir Thomas, but still sees that he is a bit too stuffy to be lovable, and too distant in his relationship to the children, dearly though he loves them.
There were no scales over JA's eyes, that's for sure (-:
] The biggest problem I have with MP is the Fanny/Henry relationship. That he could flirt with her for his own amusement is easy to believe. That he could fall sincerely in love with her and wish to marry her, I don't think JA makes convincing.
Yes, this is why I can't believe that there was anything optional or uncertain in JA's ending the book, ie, in any possibility of their remaining together. But I don't believe him to have really been in love with Fanny, either. It's more a matter of pride than anything else, IMHO.
] CS Lewis points to the "ghastly" nature of Mary's last smile at Edmund. She is so blind, finally. She still thinks she can win him that way. "A mind in darkness, fancying itself light."
What Lewis is this, BTW? I have only read Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra, and That Hideous Strength, which is one of my all-time favorites. (Oh, and most of Narnia as well) But none of his essays, I'm afraid.
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