Posted by Constanza on February 16, 1998 at 08:37:02:
In response to Playing by the rules, written by Liz M on February 16, 1998 at 07:59:19
] ...she has some trouble fitting the Emersons into the rules
] And the Emersons, who most certainly are not playing by the accepted rules of the little British society in the pension Bertolini, are carefully pushed away until no one associates with them. (I am thinking of a scene in which they were suddenly dining alone, when they had been sharing a table earlier.)
The only one that would have some contact with them is Mr. Beebe; he tries to integrate them, but he keeps failing. I think he plays the role of a "link", in that he knows the rule (and is therefore accepted by the British society) but sometimes he chooses to disregard them, especially when there's a conflict between appearances and what really matters; he is capable of seeing beneath the surface (and as such is able to understand the Emersons.)
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