[ilds] RG Justine -- 1.22 lashings of sex

Michael Haag michaelhaag at btinternet.com
Tue May 1 09:31:24 PDT 2007

By the time we reach 1.22 we are deep into the gnostics and Plotinus.  
One needs to be aware of that.  For example, at the beginning of the 
fourth paragraph in 1.22, Darley says 'And is this the way?', to which 
Justine says 'I do not know', and again 'I do not know'.  This is a 
variation on 'How lies the path?, the question Plotinus asks in the 
Ennead.  Durrell follows this up later in Justine where, just after 
Nessim's historical dreams, he has Nessim talking of escape but saying 
'This is no journey for the feet, however', which continues that same 
segment of the Ennead.


On Tuesday, May 1, 2007, at 05:06  pm, william godshalk wrote:

> Justine says to the narrator: "You thought I simply wanted to make 
> love? God! haven't we had enough of that?"  Does she mean in general 
> or with the narrator? Either way things look pretty bleak for the 
> narrator's sex life (1.22).
> A bit later in the same episode (1.22), he remembers Justine saying 
> "After all, . . . this has nothing to do with sex," which the narrator 
> goes on to interpret as the "desperate attempt to dissociate the flesh 
> from the message it carried."
> Later on Pursewarden in 2.6 tells the narrator "the secret of my 
> novelist's trade. I am a success, you a failure. The answer, old man, 
> is sex and plenty of it."
> Is Pursewarden right about the narrator? Does his writing lack 
> lashings of sex?
> And how much sex does the narrator really get from Justine? She 
> apparently likes to take her clothes off around him, but does the 
> Check keep her from actually making love with him?
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