Posted by Isobel on February 27, 1998 at 06:48:01:
In response to Lucy's name, written by Janette K on February 26, 1998 at 16:30:54
] I'm not sure that Lucy's full name is "Lucia." I think Charlotte just calls her that because they're travelling in Italy, and it's the Italian version of her name. I read it as an affectation on Charlotte's part.
I agree about Charlotte's affectation - I don't think anyone else calls her Lucia. However, both versions of the name link her to Lucy Ashton, the heroine of Sir Walter Scott's novel, "The Bride of Lammermoor" and of Donizetti's opera "Lucia di Lammermoor" (which is the opera that is performed in "Where Angels Fear to Tread"). Also, in the film, Lucy has a song which is taken from Scott's novel - she sings it at Windy Corner, the rather mournful song which is full of lines like "Look not thou on beauty's charming". EMF is probably using this story of a girl who is forced to marry a man she does not love and is driven mad so that she kills her husband believing she can be reunited with the man she does love as another indicator that there are passsions of operatic intensity waiting to be unleashed in Lucy Honeychurch under the suburban propriety of her upbringing.
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