"Two or Three" Book Club, Meeting 5
Lucy faced the situation bravely, though, like most of us, she only faced the situation that encompassed her. She never gazed inwards. If at times strange images rose from the depths, she put them down to nerves. When Cecil brought the Emersons to Summer Street, it had upset her nerves. Charlotte would burnish up past foolishness, and this might upset her nerves. She was nervous at night. When she talked to George--they met again almost immediately at the Rectory--his voice moved her deeply, and she wished to remain near him. How dreadful if she really wished to remain near him! Of course, the wish was due to nerves, which love to play such perverse tricks upon us . . .
It is obvious enough for the reader to conclude, "She loves young Emerson." A reader in Lucy's place would not find it obvious. Life is easy to chronicle, but bewildering to practice, and we welcome "nerves" or any other shibboleth that will cloak our personal desire. She loved Cecil; George made her nervous; will the reader explain to her that the phrases should have been reversed?
I'm very sorry that I didn't put up an Open Thread last Thursday. My Thanksgiving post took precedence, but everything is back to normal again. =)
1. I chose the above passage because I still remember the first time I read how obvious it supposedly is to a reader that Lucy is in love with George. I didn't think it was obvious at all! Did you?
2. Let's play "What's Wrong with This Trailer?"
My own answers:
a) George Emerson standing bare chested in front of Lucy Honeychurch is anachronistically bad enough . . . but the line, "We're in love now, aren't we?" must have made E.M. Forster turn somersaults--delicate, genteel somersaults--in his grave.
b) They didn't have sex in the pond, people! The pond was for George's symbolic baptism, remember? Who wrote this screenplay: Dan Brown???