[ilds] RG Justine 2.10 -- Justine's Skin

Marc Piel marcpiel at interdesign.fr
Wed May 30 14:54:21 PDT 2007


Let us not confuse "we only get to see what we're 
wanted to see" with "We only capable to see what 
we're wanted to see"
Marc Piel

James Gifford wrote:

> For Justine's dark versus pale skin, in one scene she is clothed and in the
> other she is not -- the pale skin and the dark skin would seem to reflect
> those areas alternately exposed or protected from the sun...  On a literal
> level, this gives Bill the sexiness he's been watching for, but more
> seriously, it draws our eyes as readers to the pattern of Darley's eyes as a
> lover, per se.  We only get to see what we're wanted to see, making us ogle
> the text, so to speak.  A typical trick in LD and many other authors
> (Hemingway is a master at this).
> 
> I'll leave the original comments below in an abbreviate form.
> 
> --j
> 
> On 5/26/07 2:06 PM, "william godshalk" <godshawl at email.uc.edu> wrote:
> 
> 
>>I found a few more indications that Justine is of a brown complexion. All my
>>page references are to the Dutton first edition.
>>
>>"... I felt her strong mouth on my own and those worldly brown arms closing
>>upon mine" (p. 47).
>>
>>"... the brown harsh body of Justine naked. ..." (p. 85).
>>
>>"... stroking that dark head of beautiful hair ..." (p. 42).
>>
>>"... Justine--the dark, vehement creature" (p. 97).
>>
>>"... that dark beloved head" (132).
>>
>>There are other references to Justine's darkness -- but that's enough for now.
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>>Charles writes:
>>
>>>>So I have a puzzle with which I would ask your help.
>>>>
>>>>During the visit to Justine's bedroom with Pursewarden, Darley tells us:
>>>>"In the warm bronze light her pa[l]e skin looks paler. . . ." (2.10).
> 
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