Wide Sargasso Sea: WHELP!

SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER!

Out of the blue, the husband receives a very detailed letter from someone he doesn’t know.

The letter is laced with familiarity and assures the man that he is writing out of a sincere desire to open his eyes. Therefore, this man is bad, the wife is bad, please “come and see me quickly. Your obt servant. Daniel Cosway.” An excerpt from the letter:

  • Richard Mason is a sly man and he will tell you a lot of nancy stories, which is what we call lies here, about what happen at Coulibri and this and that. Don’t listen. Make him answer — yes or no.

Can you imagine the effort and concentration this Cosway put into writing such a letter? What determination he possessed? And what cunning? He knew exactly what words to write, what buttons to push.

Cosway has cunning in spades.

The husband is so weak and so out-of-his-depth that he immediately decides that Cosway must be an ally (and not crazy): It was as if I’d expected it, been waiting for it.

A few pages earlier, the husband admits he does not love his wife, she was a stranger. Self is completely revising her opinion of him. (So what if the wife is a stranger? The letter writer is also a stranger, you stupid stupid man!)

Stay tuned.

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