22 July 2008
Just a wee thought
I just have a brief comment. I notice that we spent considerable time discussing Gerald and Gudrun, then Ursula. Birkin got some mention, but it seemed to be more in passing. Our interest was more on the other three. Perhaps it's cliche, but were the other more topical because of the violent oddities of their characters? Birkin seems to be least violent of the four. Throwing rocks at the moon is somewhat silly; wrestling with Gerald was mildly erotic. Most of the time, Birkin seems to be the one on the receiving end of the violence whether physical (Hermione/Ursula) or social (the letter scene). Even his description makes him seem as if he's barely present in this world. I recall I liked him, but wanted him to act out or something. I can't say that what bursts of passion he had were all that explosive. His search for love is an universal theme, but is it because he is so abstract and ethereal that we gravitate to the more concrete characters?