Posted by Carolyn B on February 24, 1998 at 20:51:33:
In response to On the other hand, written by Constanza on February 24, 1998 at 08:10:26
] it would make the kiss less of an "exploitt" and more of an affectionate caress.
] And you are quite right; it was on the cheek!
It certainly puts not only Charlotte's reaction, but also Lucy's, into a very different light. (As you said, Constanza, all this fuss about a little peck.)
I think it makes George seem perhaps less sure of himself at first. And it's rather sweet that he kisses her on the cheek, like a young boy experiencing his first love (which perhaps he is)
And contrast that with her kiss with Cecil (he asks permission, she gives a "business-like lift to her veil" and his pince-nez falls off) Even Cecil realizes it was a failure!
Thinking of the Mysterious HC's comment about "the tree-falling dolt," perhaps that's part of George's charm - his child-like lack of inhibition and his ability to risk looking like an idiot? The point made at the end is that Lucy discovers George isn't perfect and does make mistakes and she's glad to learn he's human and not some ascetic seeking perfection like Cecil.
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