[ilds] RG Justine 1.7 -- why should we hurt one another?

slighcl slighcl at wfu.edu
Fri Apr 20 18:59:57 PDT 2007

It is just not clear to me either, Bill.  I can believe in Michael's 
gloss.  It works with its terms.  But I hesitate to say that is all.  
The question of suspending one's disbelief for some sentences and not 
others seems "out of kilter" from the retrospective skepticism we are 
asked to cast upon the narrator of /Justine /once we reach /Balthazar/.  
Could someone who understood so little about his life and lovers and 
friends really be expected to hold authority? 

Again, as I said, it is terrifically hard to "hear" what we are supposed 
hear in Darley when Balthazar or Pursewarden are not nearby.  I end up 
taking their roles as a reader.

"Waits" I take to mean "awaits discovery by the artist."

I also still am puzzling over the question "why should we hurt one 
another?"  I don't hear the artist as excluded from that.  The preceding 
lines are so cumbered with heady notions of the artist.  I hear instead 
that the struggle to face down destiny carries costs that "ordinary 
people" may not be ready to pay, though if they fall into the 
gravitational field of the poet as his family, his friend, or his 
lovers, they may be hurt.  The cost.  If we must appeal to"real  life," 
readings through LD's biography would support that, I think.  And the 
child.  And the child.


Charles L. Sligh
Department of English
Wake Forest University
slighcl at wfu.edu

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