Posted by Hil on November 10, 1997 at 21:06:29:
In response to Bea, written by Cassia on November 09, 1997 at 18:19:18
] I must write of Dr Beatrice Nest. I cannot and will not allow her to be what she already believes of herself: a person no one considers.
] Beatrice is the keeper of secrets, long ago she entered into a conspiracy with Ellen Ash not to tell. She has the surest moral compass-she's the only one who thinks the box should be put back into the grave unopened. No one pays her any notice of course, then again she knew they wouldn't but saying the words was necessary. And her point should be considered: the privacy of death should be inviolate. Beatrice at the gravesite is a fury, alive in her convictions even as she believes her life to have passed her by.
I don't like that everyone ignores her, either.
However, I am not so sure that Bea actually knows Ellen's secrets. She knows how she thinks, we see that when everyone asks her why Ellen would have put Christabel's letter in with her own love letters. But I think she has never quite worked out what is at the basis of the bafflement. I don't think anyone finds out about that, do they? Just like no-one finds out about Maia's hair, and the fact that Randolph knew.
Also, Ellen's act of burying the letter is equivocal...she half wants someone to find out about it, but when she is dead and gone. Its as though she doesn't quite believe that the privacy of death should be inviolate. So was Beatrice's desire to leave the box as knowing of Ellen as you imply? When the letter is opened, Bea is, of course, as interested and as moved (maybe more so)as anyone else. Maybe Bea is after all glad that they looked.
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