One tiny little answer...
Posted by Helen on January 20, 1998 at 10:53:57:
In response to Stainless steel principles, written by Patrick on January 19, 1998 at 14:56:59
] Old Patrick:
] ] ] But Lizzy and Darcy are different. They are open, questing, looking for real, authentic contact with another human being, and prepared to risk everything for it. This is an emotional stance. The rational stance, after a life of not finding such contact, would be to suppose that it is impossible or nearly so, and to stop looking. To settle. But neither does this.
] ] But they are only 23 and 28 years old! How can you project what they would have done in the case of true failure?
] New Patrick:
] This question mystifies me. Can you explain the connection to what I wrote?
I hope G. Kay forgives me for putting words into her mouth at this point, but I would explain the connection as being:
you say that Lizzy and Darcy reject the rational choice after a life of failure, which would be to think the chance of real contact and settle for what they can get. Also, and rightly, you say that they don't do this. But as G. Kay remarks (also rightly, IMO), Darcy and Elizabeth are only young, they haven't experienced a lifetime of failure. So yes, they're taking risks - but neither of them are at the stage when their choice is either take this risk or sit on the shelf forever.
Would you believe, this is the only thing I have time to post here. I'm copying all this stuff out and taking it away to read... Why didn't I read this yesterday, when I had time?....
Helen, hearing time's winged chariot at her back again...
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