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Posted by Cassia on November 09, 1997 at 17:27:46:
As I read through Possession this time, I was struck with the notion that Leonora and Blackadder become a 'couple'. If they are this in a sexual sense, I cannot tell, nevertheless, they are a setpiece. Yet, in reality, there are no couples in this novel. Rather everyone is a leg of a triangle. Taking this into consideration:
- Sir George--Maud--Toby Byng
- Euan--Toby Byng--Sir George
Sorry, if I've missed any or if I've repeated. If we laid all the triplets beside one another they'd form a benzine ring. Everyone and everthing is connected, no one,(even a solicitor with about four lines) is left alone despite the isolation of their lives. Isolation, which is a major theme in modern novels. Byatt seems to say look again, we still connect, we can't help connecting (even the Croppers of the World) if we just take a moment to see. We all touch.
- Quilt? Hil 20:02:43 11/09/97
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