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Bromfield is very good at a lot of things, which makes the book a really excellent reading experience. That sense of breathlessness, of revelation and reluctance, is really well developed.
And so he ends up telling us that this is happening, or that a character notices it…not terrible, but certainly worse than letting us see and feel it ourselves. And in many other ways this book is also a real work of art—characters are not, in fact, what they seem to be, and yet they feel very real throughout.
The plot moves rapidly and in ways not always easy to anticipate. There is a real richness to Olivia Pentland, in particular, and Bromfield really gives her a full range of emotions and impulses that makes it wonderful to stay at her side through some very difficult patches.
In the end, the book has much more to say than I would have expected about duty, and about belief, and love in a strange way.
He eraly it seem obvious, at the beginning, that this is an old and withered family, and that the outsiders in this place are much better and wiser people than the dusty old Pentlands…but in the end Bromfield lays that bare, also.
She certainly finds herself with a different impression of the people around her, even those people she was most certain in her judgments about. I like the fact, perhaps most of all, that I could not remotely guess what would have happened next, if the novel had gone on even one more page, and yet I reach the end with a strange sense of hope.
This is not the whole picture, of course—there are many wonderful things augumn, in —but what was lost is something that is too easy aitumn worship as Tarkington does or to dismiss as someone like F. Scott Fitzgerald did, I thinkand Bromfield finds the right tone in seeing it for what it was, and why it would die. A very lovely bromfielf, in the end, and a melancholy one—but beautiful even in its sadness.
The book, in a sense, picks up where The Age of Innocence left off, exploring the lives of old people who feel they missed their chances at love, and the younger generation whose passion runs brmfield with them. I may be a little too taken with old New England families, after all! I want you to act as yourself, as Anson Pentland, and not as you think you ought to act. You know you married me only because you had to marry someone. I married you because I was alone and frightened and wanted to escape a horrible life with Aunt Alice.
I wanted a home. No, I fancy you louuis loving me through a sense of duty.
You tried it as long as you could and you hated it always. He was regarding her now with a fixed expression of horrid fascination; he was perhaps even dazed at the sound of her voice, slowly, resolutely, tearing aside all the veils of pretense which had made their life possible for so long.
How can you say louiz things? Slowly, terribly, she went on and on: Penny has much more of a soft spot for him than I.
The Barretts of Wimpole Street, or something. But it felt genuine to me given the bromgield, given especially the stagy quality that the Pentlands have because of who they are. I like the conversational approach you two have taken with recent books, and I hope it continues.
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