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Parasha: Frankenstein March 17th reading


Ah hah, I was wondering about the family, what with them being all literate and all, yet poor. But it turns out that they are of reduced circumstances, since that's always more romantic! (And useful, in this case!)

People judged by a government because of their religion? Say it ain't so! (Odd how the very oldest things still remain relevant, eh?)

Well, nice to know that Safie loves Felix for all the right reasons: ie, he's a good Christian boy! Yeah yeah, reading this particular part is a bit... odd in the modern day.

Anyhow, so ends the story-within-a-story-within-a-story section of the book! Definitely a bit weird though to read nowadays...

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khedron
Mar. 18th, 2010 04:50 am (UTC)
Anyhow, so ends the story-within-a-story-within-a-story section of the book! Definitely a bit weird though to read nowadays...

That's how I was thinking of it too, story-within-a-story-within-a-story. I'm not sure how weird it is, but maybe that's because I recently read Catherynne Valenti's In the Night Garden, where the Scheherazade-like structure of stories nested with each other was the entire purpose of the thing. By comparison, there was no problem following this.

My wife has a friend in Turkey who's an old maid at 25 because (greatly simplifying) she doesn't want to marry anyone she doesn't know well, but she's not really allowed to date. So, I'm not sure how different Safie's story really is from the modern day.

Ah hah, I was wondering about the family, what with them being all literate and all, yet poor. But it turns out that they are of reduced circumstances, since that's always more romantic! (And useful, in this case!)

Heh. True! It was *very* convenient also that Felix had to teach Safie to read in his language, and used history lessons as the vehicle for it!
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stormfeather
Mar. 18th, 2010 05:45 pm (UTC)
I completely didn't think of it like this, but it's totally true!

At least the Creature didn't end up calling himself "Madison"?
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