Posted by Cassia on November 09, 1997 at 17:03:10:
Leonora is the only woman in the story who isn't interested in concealment. Christbel conceals herself and her pregnancy; Maud and Beatrice conceal their physical beings; Val conceals her thoughts; Ellen conceals the truth of her life with Ash; Blanche hides her pain with fury. Leonora, on the other hand, is open to the world-her ripeness defies and defeats concealment. She gives everything in such an open-handed manner that she must be frightening at times.
Leonora cannot conceal because she envelopes. Maud and Blackadder both report feeling smothered by her. As Leonora see it, her body is the stuff that worlds are made of. She is both envelope and enveloper-as opposed to Fergus' devourer. Being thus, she wants nothing save to read and good sex whenever it can be had. Speaking of which, of all the modern charactersm she is the only one who is openly sensual, one could argue she is the only character who possesses eroticism. Her garments are all flowing silks, her arm adorned with tinkling bracelets. You can nearly feel her cleavage brushing against your arm whenever she passes; her hips bump against yours when you walk together.
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