[ilds] King Leer

Michael Haag michaelhaag at btinternet.com
Fri Jul 27 17:11:47 PDT 2007



On Saturday, July 28, 2007, at 12:39  am, James Gifford wrote:

> What about the other question -- why is Darley reading King Lear?
> He's hardly an old King choosing among his daughters based on who
> loves him the most, though he is torn between the poorly treated
> Melissa who loves him and the manipulative Justine who does not.
> Either way, I'd be about as likely to carry a copy of _King Lear_ to
> the sands for a romantic interlude as I would _American Psycho_...
> I wonder if Durrell had listed a different play in a previous draft.
> In the Quartet he made numerous such last minute changes for a title
> or between names such as Blake and Keats.
> Best,
> James
> On 27/07/07, william godshalk <godshawl at email.uc.edu> wrote:
>> Justine , page 169:
>> "A brilliant yellow patch on the dune showed up the cover of a pocket 
>> King
>> Lear which I had taken out with me and forgotten to bring back... ."
>> My eldest son, Elihu, called me today to suggest that Lear is a pun 
>> on leer.
>> Nessim has been leering at the lovers through his telescope, gazing 
>> with a
>> sly, immodest, or malign expression in his eye.
>> Why is the cover yellow? Yellow is a symbol of jealousy and deceit.
>> Bill
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