The Groom & His New Bride: Wide Sargasso Sea, p. 78

Self will admit, half the time she doesn’t know what’s going on in Wide Sargasso Sea.

It’s supposed to be about the first Mrs. Rochester from Jane Eyre, but self hasn’t been reading it like that, she’s been reading as if it’s a complete, stand-alone work of fiction.

It wasn’t until this morning that she realized Part Two was from the man’s point of view. When she realized that, it was like a big light bulb went off in her head, and she began to read in a state of absolute suspense, wondering when the man would wake up to the fact that his bride was cray-cray.

It seems the man was very unsure about the whole ‘getting-married-to-someone-you’ve-never-met’ business, but after the wedding night “My fever weakness left me, so did all misgivings.”

The Mrs. does remind self a little of Philip Pullman’s Lyra Belacqua, but the man is definitely no Will Parry; he’s too obtuse.

p. 78:

I drank another cup of Bull’s Blood . . . “How did you get that dressing table up here?”

“I don’t know. It’s always been here ever since I can remember. A lot of the furniture was stolen, but not that.”

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.



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