Abel and the first Drop.
Posted by Hil on February 06, 1998 at 19:08:53:
In Ch 32, when Lucinda first sees a Prince Rupert's drop, it has been sent to her father by John Bell, with a description of how it will explode. after they experience its explosion it says:
'For Abel Leplastrier had been given, in John Bell's letter. an annotated index to the event he had just witnessed. The glass was by way of being a symbol of weakness and strength; it was a cipher for someone else's heart. It was a confession, an accusation, a cry of pain. It was for this he wept.
Lucinda was moved by something much more simple - grief that such a lovely thing could vanish like a pricked balloon. But her feelings were not unlayered and there was, mixed with that hard slap of disappointment, a deeper more nourishing emotion: wonder.'
Is Abel's reaction just the one of someone more experienced in life's hardships and complexities, or do we read something more literal in here, the drop symbolising something he and Bell are writting to each other about?
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