Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Saluting "Madeline Moments"

Another Proust blogger has an anniversary. A thoughtful, informative blog you should read.


She is offering a contest with a "real" prize.

Odette (speaking here) is still reading about Rachel and St. Loup. As with Swann, one wants to slap St. Loup on the side of his head for wasting his time and money on such a gold digger.

On the other hand, did young women have any legitimate way to earn money back then? Besides marrying well? Maybe we should walk a mile in their moccasins. I am of two minds. Proust, too, seems to waver on the topic of Rachel. This makes literature good, the ability to see both sides of a conflicted character. And all the characters in Proust are conflicted. We like that.


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