“Here was a woman who had known some difficulty about marriage.” Did she think the marriage a bad one or just other people.
“And I don’t want to be married so very soon, because I think it is nice to be engaged.” Celia is clever as always
The dimness of Lowick Manor, the ghost-like image of the stag, the dun sky – all represent her husband. She hadn’t noticed before but it was always like this.
Lydgate has no idea how many enemies he’s making. He wants to be a self-made man, well he’ll turn out to be unmade by everyone he’s turned against him. And just because he’s right in his opinions about how silly something like the “Keepsake” is, doesn’t mean he’s exempt from lording over everyone. Trivial fare is as much a social lubricant as alcohol, that’s why this sentimental nonsense if so loved by most.
“If I had to choose between a society without principles and a society without appearances, I don’t know which I’d take.”
Everybody is making time for each other except for Ramses II who only needs 2 months more employment to gain a pension. And that’s why he won’t get it. He’s what we could all become, alone, begging, and nearly as death’s door hoping for some reprieve.
Feijoo is the father/ older brother she never had. And he sees life the same as her, they’re both a little selfish and passionate and stubborn. They’re also great couple even though they’re not a couple. it’s Platonic but more too.
This reads like a novel; I hope Berkowitz isn’t taking too many liberties with the facts. However, even if there are some liberties this is highly enjoyable to read.
he’s dying. I love how everyone in the apartments started dancing and there was music everywhere. one last party of life. so wonderfully written.