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Interesting book thus far. I just can’t imagine how the main character continues to keep up with the lies. I was also wondering how she continues to lead a dual life with the number of children she has, not to mention her husband and other family members living in the home.
The quote on the wedding day got me thinking. Was this meant to be romantic and sweet from a man’s perspective, but then again, after it was said, their love should never be taken for granted?
“His doggedness wore me down to marry him in the first place.” This sentence, spoken by Mamah does not bode well for the future of the marriage. Are Mamah’s actions with Frank understandable on any level, or do you agree with Ellen Key’s statement, “The very legitimate right of a free love can never be acceptable if it is enjoyed at the expense of maternal love.” ?
Also, Jill brings up an interesting point. On Mamah and Edwin’s wedding day, Edwin says, “Take my love for granted, and I shall do the same for you.” Is this foreshadowing, a threat, or a statement with good intention behind it?
Echh, this book….I’m to the point where Mamah has run away to Boulder instead of working on her marriage. It’s funny that the author contradicts Mamah’s supposed feminist beliefs with characteristically unfeminist behavior. A strong woman would divorce someone for individual intentions, not to run off with another man.
It makes me wonder if the author name dropped Charlotte Perkins Gilman on purpose. She’s done so a couple of times. Charlotte was one of the forerunners of the feminist movement and wrote an excellent short story ‘the yellow wallpaper’ about a woman’s descent into madness. Well, it seems to me that Mamah is a little mental.
Maybe it will get better.
At first I loved Mamah. She’s a strong, confident woman who is intelligent and follows her heart. She kind of forgot about the whole commitment thing though when she got married at had kids. Her affair was so juvenile, it reminded me of how I was in my 20’s BEFORE I got married and had kids. I fully lost respect for her after that. So, I loved it when she went to visit her friend in Boulder and I don’t remember exactly what she said but Mamah was asking her how she stayed married and committed and her friend frankly said… “Because it’s the right thing to do”.. something along those lines. I feel like the torment she caused herself and her friends and family was ridiculous and it all could have been avoided. I related to her infatuation with Frank, as I’ve had a boyfriend like him, but those men are so unstable! Come on girlfriend… get a grip!!!
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