How could Gen. Tilney beget a Henry???
Posted by Greg on January 02, 1998 at 11:55:08:
...or an Eleanor, for that matter. The General comes across as such a money-grubbing, spendthrift, drinking, gambling, curmudgeon, that we're surprised that he has such a nice son like Henry(see Linda Taylor discussion below). Or are we? I think I see a big softy behind that rough exterior of the General's. I'm inclined to think of his reticence regarding his wife's memory is because he loved her so much that he's at risk of becoming a blubbering blob if the subject comes up - I think it's there in the book/movie, especially when one sees it as an ironic twist on the scary fiend of the gothic novel. Moreover, can we see the girls' fear of fanciful things in the gothic novels in modern psychological terms: a neurotic, adolescent fear of the opposite sex, as a mysterious foreign entity that doesn't have the same feelings we have? What say you all?
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