Tanos Some commentators have even suggested that Dowell, who presents himself as considered by all to be passive, murders both Florence and Edward. Ford also published several volumes of autobiography and reminiscences, including Return to Yesterday and It Was the Nightengale, as well as numerous works of biography, history, poetry, essays, travel writing, and criticism of literature and art. The young ward of the Ashburnhams; Edward falls in love with Nancy after he tires of Florence. Leonora pays for her treatment for a weak heart at Nauheim, knowing that Edward would follow her there. Ashburnham is a hopeless romantic who keeps falling in love with the women he meets; he is at Nauheim for the treatment of a heart problem, but the ailment is not real, he used it as an excuse to follow a female heart patient to Nauheim.
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But we make exceptions. Sometimes major ones. Wilful ignorance of some dark behaviour of another or even oneself: an affair, addiction, abuse, debt, or fraud, for example. The layers of deception and self-deception build up. The higher the walls, the more damage if they come tumbling down. And acknowledging the possible wrongdoing of a friend, lover, or child raises doubts about our own judgement.
If we dare think of it at all, we defend denial as self-preservation. But sometimes the outcome of inaction is the opposite - for others, if not ourselves. Doubt gnaws away, from inside, to outside. I was a bit drunk. But I found John Dowell irritating, and utterly lacking in charm. He chats away about himself, his wife Florence , the Ashburnhams Edward and Leonora , and others more like a mildly inebriated old codger than the mid-forties man he says he is.
For what the book is about, look elsewhere If you want a plot summary or character descriptions, GR and Google are your friends. The gist is two thirty-something couples, shortly before WW1, and the consequences of their various affairs and cover-ups. One person quitely notes and knows almost everything; another, nothing.
Catholicism features strongly, along with differences between Brits and Americans.
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