... and a certain air...
Posted by Constanza on May 05, 1998 at 12:16:32:
In response to More on oomph, written by Linden on May 03, 1998 at 18:30:22
Of course, I agree to all you said about "oomphyness"; in fact, I wonder that you managed to put it into word at all, I would have never been able too ;-) .
I've been thinking about what makes one fall for that kind of heroes; and I believe it is that they have (now the difficult part, I'm afraid I cannot avoid using cliches and catch words L): hidden depths; they are sort of 3-dimensional men. I mean, most people (real or fictitious) are bidimensional: you see them as they are. In the case of these heroes, there is most that meets the eye; you cannot get to know them in the short term; it is a life study. Another important thing is that they have some vulnerable spot that is usually only disclosed to the heroine; they also have their own set of values (even Heathcliffe) from which they never depart, ie they stick to their beliefs, unless they are proved to be wrong (Darcy). Also, most of them are seen as detached or aloof, and it is only the persons they love that can reach them.
By the way, I've though of two other ones:
Miguel (Michael?) Strogoff - The courier of the czar (or whatever the title is in English) by Jules Verne
Denham - Night and Day by Virginia Woolf.
- Woolf with oomph? I'd never have believed it! Linden 19:42:26 5/05/98 (3)
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