in love with an idea
Posted by Chael on September 23, 1998 at 23:54:08:
In response to The woman pays - somewhat puzzled, written by Constanza on September 21, 1998 at 11:11:17
] I am a little puzzled as to what is Angel's real objection to Tess. He admits she is not guilty, he forgives her, he says she is respectable but he cannot stay with her out of principle...I grant he is disappointed in that she is not as innocent as he supposed, but really, I think his reaction is exaggerated. And what does he mean by Alec's being Tess husband by Nature? In that case he himself should be that stranger husband's by nature.
Angel is in love with who he envisions Tess to be. Way back to when they were working on the farm together, he likened her to godesses and thought she was in her best looks in the morning light when she looked like she wasn't human. He has etherealized her (I hope that makes sense... I haven't got a thesaurus handy and I'm not sure if that's a real word. You get the idea, though :-) ), and when she tells him the truth, IMO, he realizes that she wasn't the perfect, pure, supernatural being he thought she was. She's just an imperfect human. So although he knows that she hasn't done anything wrong, he sees her completely differently.
BTW - when I got to this part of the book, I couldn't help but swear a blue streak (through the tears in my eyes) at Angel for being so stupid!!!
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