?

Log in

(no subject)

« previous entry | next entry »
Jul. 8th, 2013 | 10:36 pm

I have just finished reading Villette. I must admit that I can't quite see the appeal of M. Paul. (I am the same age as Lucy Snowe. If my suitor told me not to look at certain paintings because they were improper for a young lady, and sat me down in a corner to look at pious works instead, I would not take it very well.) And the pacing of the ending is really abrupt and odd.

Sign of how things have changed in 160 years: I cannot imagine a current novelist describing a couple who had lost a child as experiencing "no excessive suffering" in their lives and claiming that they were "blessed, like that of Jacob's favoured son, with "blessings of Heaven above; blessings of the deep that lies under"". That was jarring. (Also, other people find Paulina deeply irritating, right? More so as a child than an adult, but still.)
Tags:

Link | Leave a comment | Share

Comments {6}

littlered2

(no subject)

from: littlered2
date: Jul. 8th, 2013 09:38 pm (UTC)
Link

Am I awful for disliking Paulina? (But seriously, I do.)

I am not very good at 19th-century novels, I think. Fail.

Reply | Parent | Thread

oubliance

(no subject)

from: oubliance
date: Jul. 8th, 2013 09:48 pm (UTC)
Link

I don't think it's possible to be awful for disliking a character! (With one OBVIOUS EXCEPTION, naturally.) Why don't you like her?

Well, you know far more Old English than most people; it would be a boring world if we all loved the same things. Personally I can't be doing with most contemporary novels at all; IMO they are often just so. bad. - as in, the prose is almost painful. But other people disagree with me. :)

Reply | Parent | Thread

littlered2

(no subject)

from: littlered2
date: Jul. 8th, 2013 10:30 pm (UTC)
Link

I just find her deeply irritating - a bit too twee and whimsical and overly childlike even as an adult. And the "Papa, say what you will, I pity Lucy" line is staggeringly rude. I just spend the whole time wanting to shake her and tell her to grow up.

Reply | Parent | Thread

oubliance

(no subject)

from: oubliance
date: Jul. 8th, 2013 10:32 pm (UTC)
Link

Maybe she's a manic pixie dream girl! Hee.

Reply | Parent | Thread

littlered2

(no subject)

from: littlered2
date: Jul. 8th, 2013 10:36 pm (UTC)
Link

Ha, maybe!

It is very possible that I just have an appalling grasp of appropriate mid-Victorian behaviour. (For instance, I completely don't understand why Lucy has to strip any and all feeling out of her letters to Dr Bretton. You can be friendly! Is it really that big a deal?)

Reply | Parent | Thread