What does the central character want?
That’s one of the questions we must answer upon the completion of a novel. Sometimes I sit and stew, hem and haw… and then I make a guess.
Other times the book itself tells me.
To be loved to madness-such was her great desire. Love was to her the one cordial wich could drive away the eating loneliness of her days. And she seemed to long for the abstraction called passionate love more than for any particular lover.
These words from Book First chapter VII describe Eustacia Vye. Great! We know what she wants: “to be loved to madness”.
But again with the hints of Emma Bovary! “She seemed to long for the abstraction called passionate love more than for any particular lover”.
What have the women on the heath been reading? Harlequin Romances? They’re in love with the idea of love.
I’m worried. Will any of the relationships last?