Posted by Kate on February 27, 1998 at 23:58:59:
In response to Lucy/Lucia, written by Isobel on February 27, 1998 at 06:48:01
] 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.
That's why I enjoy this so much - because someone has something new to contribute from a completely different perspective that sheds new light on something as simple as a character's name.
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