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  •  I'm always ready to pontificate pompously on books (1+ / 0-)
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    RiveroftheWest

    this doesn't mean I'm correct, or able to correct you. Some of my opinions ring true; some of them I just made up.

    I don't know the book or movie of The Hours.

    I don't think, of Mrs. Dalloway, "that the story was about death"; but it's shot through with death. Several times characters notice that they're past the middle of life, or are approaching death. I believe in an earlier draft, Clarissa died at the end; then Septimus spun out of her, and the two are twinned in some psychic way. And it's important that, while Clarissa resents gauche guests who talk about death at her party, she also fully absorbs and accepts Septimus's tragic end.

    It looks to me like Clarissa and Septimus embody Virginia's simultaneous upward and downward reactions to her brother's death in WWI, and her own dark inner fears and sensitivity. They're like two matched particles, one pointing towards joy, the other towards despair.

    "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

    by Brecht on Mon Nov 25, 2013 at 01:20:48 PM PST

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