The Mystery Of Edwin Drood By Charles — страница 2

  • Просмотров 175
  • Скачиваний 5
  • Размер файла 16

situation between Rosa and Jasper is magnified when Rosa begins to cry while singing to the piano. Jasper ?followed her lips most attentively?(49), which makes Rosa most uncomfortable. She breaks into a ?burst of tears?(51) and runs from the room. Edwin is still unaware of what is wrong and concludes that Rosa ?is not used to an audience?(51). This situation may imply that Jasper is controlling Rosa with fright and therefore taking charge of the book, but it is necessary to look at how the situation, how Rosa ended up at Jasper?s home, came about. Jasper had this particular group of people over as a way to meet the Landless twins, Helena and Neville. He wanted to introduce them to his friends and nephew. More likely it was a way to be closer to Rosa, because of his affection for

her. Since Rosa lives in a nunnery, there is very little time for opportunity outside of her peers also living there. Jasper has fallen in love with Rosa through the time that he has spent with her during her music lessons, which he is providing for her. To have more contact with her Jasper devises a situation where it would seem natural for him to invite Rosa. Jasper?s feelings are confirmed toward the end of the novel when he confesses that he ?loves her madly?(173). This is something that Rosa has always known or felt since the times of her music lessons. Rosa does not put an abrupt stop to his feelings. Instead of telling him point blank that she does not return his feelings, she remains quiet and just ?moves her hand?(175) as if to keep the door open on whether or not she

returns his strong emotions. The piano scene, where Rosa runs crying, provides Rosa with another confidant, Helena. When Rosa begins to weep, Helena is the one that comforts her. Rosa builds a confidence with Helena through flattery. She states that Helena is so ?womanly and handsome?(52) while she is such a ?mite of a thing?(52). This sets up Helena to reveal her ?fascination?(52) with Rosa, thus giving the power in the friendship to Rosa. The compliments toward Helena stop as soon as Rosa is given her desired reaction, showing the reader that the adoration from Rosa to Helena is not genuine. The scene, again, could seem that Helena is comforting Rosa, implying that Helena is the strong one that guides Rosa, but it is evident by the end of their conversation that Rosa is the one

who is admired. A further example of how Rosa takes control of the characters in Cloisterham is that she does not tell one other character in the novel exactly what is going on in each aspect of her life. When she is speaking to the girls at the nunnery, she leaves out the details about her and Edwin relationship. As stated earlier, she makes it seem that her and Edwin?s relationship is perfect and leaves out the details that they have to pretend that they are in love when both of them know that their relationship has reached a platonic plateau. It can be proven that they are not interesting in each other romantically by the conversation that takes place where they both have to pretend that they are ?not engaged?(17). Addition to leaving important facts out of her story to the

nunnery girls, Rosa also leaves out relevant details when speaking to Helena. After Rosa runs off from singing by the piano, she confides to Helena that she was ?feeling frightened?(53) when Jasper watched her ?lips so closely?(53), but she fails to give Helena the details of her relationship with Edwin. So, in short, the nunnery girls know nothing about Rosa?s love life, although they think that they do, and although Helena is not as gullible as the girls at the nunnery she most certainly feels that she knows what is going on with Rosa and Edwin as well as Rosa and Jasper. She states that Edwin must ?love her with all of his heart?(53), which proves that she is kept in the dark about Rosa and Edwin?s true feelings for each other. This proves that no one knows exactly what is

going on with Rosa and all of her admirers. It can be said from the information gathered that Rosa tries to keep bits of information from people so that she is the only one that has all of the control. The squabble that occurs between Neville and Edwin is a result that Neville feels that Edwin does not appreciate Rosa and his ?good fortune that is not by any means necessarily a result of his good merits?(60). Neville has affection for Rosa after just meeting her a few nights ago. The argument results in Neville flinging his ?dregs of wine at Edwin Drood?(61). This scene reflects Rosa?s ability to take new people that come to Cloisterham and get them to instantly feel a kinship to her. She has the capacity to force Neville into ?rising in a fury?(61), after just recently meeting