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Discussion in 'Book of the Month' started by Meadow337, Feb 13, 2014.
Oops, suddenly I'm behind.
Quick, start March's book of the Month and get in front ha ha ha ha.
Well technically yes, however participation in this section has dwindled considerably, I'm trying to make it easier to participate. April is back to a book again. Please vote for your choice of three suggested.
Well I would say that did not the wife in Dahl story also suffer from a mental breakdown? What makes her any more sane than the husband that first kills his cat and hurts his animals? As for her not feeling remorse, she might at a later time the same as the husband did but the story does not tell that part. Both in a way should be treated the same as although there are differences they are the same within those differences in a way. I would also ask would the husband be as remorsefull as he is if he had not been caught? Wasn't he for a time just as gloating with the fact that he had gotten away with it until he was caught BY his own pride?
This is what makes these stories so good. There is more than one way to look at them
This is true, it also makes for good conversation topics
I'm hoping. I'm hoping!
At the least an amoral person, I'm not sure if she quite reaches the sociopath mark.
I googled sociopath, because I am not familiar with all of the aspects. I found this link. http://www.mcafee.cc/Bin/sb.html
Of course we don't know her childhood or background, but she didn't seem to exhibit all, or most of the symptoms listed in the link.
yes I didn't mean it in a totally accurate clinical sense as there is insufficient information, but there is even in her thoughts and interaction with her husband before the murder a feeling of some one acting the part. She is murderously angry with him and none of that emotion shows. Perhaps I'm reading into it but personally I find her far more chilling than Poe's character. That giggle at the end sends chills down my spine.
I will say that when I first read these stories some 20+ ( or *cough* 30+) years ago I found the Dahl story amusing and the Poe story frightening. I think I had nightmares about the ghost of tortured cats bricked up into walls for weeks, but coming back to them now I find my opinion has changed. The Poe story is a warning about consequences, while the Dahl story seems more frightening.
I still think she went just as crazy as the husband in Poes story rather than being a sociopath, the only difference was the fact that he was more obviously not well and for longer.
I think that history is littered with the corpses of husbands whose wives finally snapped, but there is a chilling normalcy to her actions. This for me is the telling line:
Yes and she BELIEVED her own lie! Is not that a sign that she was not in any normal or sane state of mind?
Proof of insanity yes. I think for me it is the overall impression of a person who goes through life acting a role. And if temporary insanity due to the circumstances is her defense, I think she would have done better to have not been so coldly calculating about covering up her tracks.
PostScript. I suddenly realised she is drinking, albeit a weak one, while pregnant. Amazing how awareness of stuff like this has changed in the last 50 years. These days it would be unheard of.
It is a bit shocking isn't?
Democracy will be allowed in April.
Should be done re reading both soon.
Surprising, for our present, but par for the course in that time frame.
Yeah, but interesting for that, too see a small glimpse of a change in attitudes.
Oh, absolutely. Just sayin'.
I mean, for example, cell phones.....if you watch films made in the last, I guess 15 years or so, they are everywhere. Watch a film from the 1990's, and nothing. It's almost disconcerting.
Anyhow, sorry for the off topic remark.
Hey we like off-topic around here (mostly because I'm the biggest guilty party) LOL
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