You are welcome... and some answers (I hope ;-))
Posted by Constanza on February 16, 1998 at 16:35:25:
In response to thanks...and a question, written by Kate on February 16, 1998 at 12:47:26
] But I have a question for you. How would the murder liberate Lucy? Is it the fact that she fainted - was overwhelmed by feeling in this dramatic way. Or is it just that it was something so shocking as to be completely outside her experience?
I think it is the shock of having to face a deeply moving experience she was not (and never could have been) prepared for. She has been/ is being taught how to react, think or feel under a scope of given circumstances; whenever circumstances arise outside that scope, there's always someone to give her directions (as Charlotte, Mr. Beebe). In this case, circumstances are extraordinary, she is alone and she is in a "perceptive" mood.
The fact that she fainted is merely an indication (an outward manifestation) of the degree of her feelings.
And for George was the witnessing of the murder important, or the witnessing of Lucy, witnessing the murder?
Both things, I'd dare say, added to his observing Lucy's fainting. He must have guessed what happened with her, and that moved him as much as the murder and her witnessing it. That would explain his reaction when Lucy apologises for fainting:
"I was never so ashamed of myself in my life; I cannot think what came over me."
"I nearly fainted myself", he said; but she felt that her attitude repelled him.
She is ashamed of "having felt" and he dislikes it.
But George is a very complex character and we know very little of him at this point, so is hard to tell why the experience is so important, so crucial. It could be that he faces death (and a stupid death, to boot) and he realises that he will "probably want to live". I'm not sure yet, and neither is he; all he knows is that "something tremendous has happened" and that he must "face it without getting muddled".
Let me know what you think of it.
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