Posted by Lanise on November 12, 1997 at 20:57:42:
In response to Beginning to Sum Up***Spoiler Alert***, written by Cassia on November 12, 1997 at 18:43:54
] If you've completed the novel and know all Byatt will allow you to know it is time to say what you think. We'll begin with Christabel since she's the character who loses the most in the story. Was Christabel's going with Ash a mistake? Would it have been better for her to have foreborn and said no? Why run to Britanny and tip Ash off to her condition? What did Christabel owe Blanche? Was the loss of her independence to high a price to pay for the protection of her child? My thought is that Christobel deeply wanted a dose of simultaneous reality: the safety of a secure relationship with a companion and the predictability, and yet the intrigue and the sheer romance of the slow poetic courtship of Randolph was irresistible to the poet of her soul...Blanche never had a chance, Ellen's days would have been numbered if Christobel had revealed her passion and her pregnancy...The tragedy of the romance, the romantic appeal of the tragedy...but how about Ellen putting Maia's hair in the box? The way Byatt wove this tapestry! I've just jumped in here...couldn't resist...guess the wise course would have been to read all of the back postings...sigh Lanise
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