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November 28, 2009

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I thought "Eucatastrophe" was a play on Eugene's name at first, lol!

Great write-up. I really like your analysis of both characters, and I think it's hugely ironic that Bradley is trying to destroy any possibility of a bond between Eugene and Lizzie, and yet in the end actually makes it stronger!

BTW, I had come across this comparison recently and thought it might interest you. :)
http://elizabethnewark.blogspot.com/2008/03/bradley-headstoneeugene-wrayburn-and.html

One can't help but feel sorry for Bradley at the end, when he sees what he's brought about.

Yes, great job, Christy! Thank you!

I think Eugene has a touch of James Harthouse from "Hard Times" in him as well. But not much. I'm not convinced that Harthouse ever actually loves Louisa; I think he's only amusing himself with her. And I'm not sure even a knock on the head would make Harthouse see sense!

That's a very insightful article Nibs posted. And while I don't quite agree with the article that there's nothing really bad about Bradley but that he was merely goaded into what he did, I see many of her points. I still can't help being attracted to Eugene, though. I think it's just the cat-like elegance about him.

Dickens showed an amazing bit of psychological insight, too, when he showed that the "decent" man who thinks that a woman should love him for being decent can turn out very badly indeed. (How he could be so astute about fictional relationships and so obtuse about some of his real ones, I don't know!) It's a complex situation, because in one sense, good qualities ARE lovable qualities. But the element of "she owes me her love because I'm a good person" that creeps into such a man's mind is a very dangerous element. And it's a timeless problem; you still see it happening today.

Very interesting! I'm not sure if I'd thought about it that way before. I don't know if I ever really liked Eugene, either, but I do feel a bit sorry for Headstone.

lovely blog entry!!!

Thank you. And thanks to Gina for letting me do it.

On my walk into work this morning, I heard Lear's Kent muse from the stocks that "Nothing almost sees miracles but misery . . ." and on hearing this I thought again about the wonderful blog post above concerning the "Eucatastrophe". What a concept! I love to ponder this most amazing concept!!! I believe it is at the heart of everything worth understanding about human being, that all people, and all events, are redeemable and countable for the good. It seems to me that if there is a God, and I usually believe there is, then "Eucatastrophe" is a picture of God's own mind and heart and spirit. Even death, even premature death, is taken into the hands of God and rendered a masterpiece of blessing, a miracle. I love to look at my own life in this way, and I marvel at the way my life choices, so often motivated by selfishness, vanity, and greed have been redeemed by the hand of God, and converted into poetry and love and joy beyond measure.

"Eucatastrophe" is a picture of God's own mind and heart and spirit."

Yes, indeed. I completely agree.

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