The Crawford allure
Posted by gkb on November 11, 1997 at 23:45:06:
In response to We're Displacing Tomorrow. . . ., written by Ken on November 06, 1997 at 07:44:52
Oh, but Mary is really very attractive in her self-centered way! Have you not known at least one or two people (personal acquaintances or perhaps celebrities) whose charm was enhanced by the feral quality of their characters? Is this not the same kind of allure that the Blue Angel has--to 'reform' a 'bad' woman would be an almost irresistable draw for an innocent young clergyman. How very sexy it must have been for Edmund to watch the summer light playing on the face and hair of such a piquant female while she played the harp angelically before him!
And the freedom from convention and sexual energy make her seem attractive by modern standards. What is missing in people's evaluation of Mary and Fanny is the very shocking lack of virtue Mary displays. One would have to make her a drug dealer or call girl in a novel written today to convey the same degree of shock Edmund feels when Mary speaks so lightly of the adultery.
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