[ilds] RG Justine 1.7-11 Rings and Things

Michael Haag michaelhaag at btinternet.com
Tue Apr 24 14:57:08 PDT 2007

The rings and things are not inanimate, they are invested with 
associations, meanings, emotions.  Or are even inert and empty, 
invested with loneliness.  But the moment they are mentioned they cease 
to be nothing.

This raises the question of what sort of person is Darley.  He is the 
least interesting person in the book, but he is interesting because of 
whom knows.  Melissa is generous, Justine is a Ptolemaic queen, Clea is 
still waters, Nessim struggles against vast historical dreams, etc.  
Durrell hides himself in Darley, and because he is hiding so Darley is 
not interesting.  But Durrell invests all the rest, the rings, the 
women, the landscapes, with a fantastic power of meaning, feeling and 
association.  He is a profoundly lonely man.

Cohen's rings.  Remember where Durrell got the name Cohen.


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