The Red and The Black – days 5,6,7

Day 5: thoughts on the subjective nature of “happy” vs “unhappy” endings…

“Similarly, based on the assumptions about women’s role in society prevalent at the time of writing, The Taming of the Shrews concluding with the complete breaking of Kate’s rebelliousness and her transformation into an obedient wife counted as a happy ending.”

It’s like The Shield…one could argue it was a happy ending or an unhappy ending…I go through a similar debate when it comes to “anti-establishment” movies….

Day 6:page 52, the author gives a pretty strong hint about where this story is going with his allusion to Vergy and Gabrielle.  The endnote explains the medieval legend in detail –which sounded a lot like the story of The Cook, The Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover (as the synoposis of Châtelaine de Vergy was described in the endnote)…Not exactly like it but somewhat…I’m sure some scholar has covered this in lavish detail somewhere.

Day 7: Today. page 66.  Had thoughts of not continuing with this project.  I like the story but lost some of my romanticized zeal for it as somehow special…and the thought that I should always think of the book fondly, because of the “event” of reading it, seems lost.  I read along anyway, like driving down an old street you once lived on…the memories of past bliss there, but not the bliss itself.

Lots of curious moments about Julien’s character until around page 50…his nature seems a lot clearer now and the allusions most assuredly reveal a darker tone than was certain at the start. At least for me…

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One thought on “The Red and The Black – days 5,6,7

  1. “Had thoughts of not continuing with this project. I like the story but lost some of my romanticized zeal for it as somehow special…and the thought that I should always think of the book fondly, because of the “event” of reading it, seems lost.”

    I feel the same.

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