Monday, May 17, 2010
The Sylph, Letters 24-30
Julia is able to acquire the address by which she can contact the Sylph and directly seek his advice. She tells Louisa that about her friendship with Miss Maria Finch and how she prefers her company to that of Lady Besford and Lady Anne.
Miss Finch pays Julia a visit one day and admits her crush on Baron Tonhausen, to which Julia tries to hide her distress. It is now more than apparent Julia has strong feelings for the Baron that she wishes to hide. Miss Finch relays a story of how she became smitten with the Baron involving him saving a poor young girl from the clutches of Colonel Montague.
Julia and the Sylph are quite regular pen pals now and she thanks him with a locket of her hair.
This is the second time in the novel where there has been a situation in which a supposed gentleman has attempted to force a woman into sleeping with them in exchange for getting out of a scrap. Sure, it is common enough to see that sort of drama in historical movies, but when it comes up more than once by an author who is writing about the same sort of people she interact with daily, it makes you think about just how often this depravity surfaced. Obviously it was frowned upon, but it has been happening to frequently for me to be comfortable!
The Georgiana Connection
In these last few letters we get better acquainted with Miss Finch who was briefly mentioned in Letter 14. Julia has finally seems to find a comrade in the beau monde with whom she gets along with. While Miss Finch isn’t a clone of Julia she is kind and a fun age-mate for her. I believe that this character is inspired by Georgiana’s own best friend from the time, Mary Graham. Like Miss Finch, Mary was close in age with Georgiana and kept her moral ground upon her entrance into society. When Mary was away she and Georgiana kept a regular acquaintance through letters and Mary filled her letters with that advice Georgiana craved.
There was also some girl dramz in this chapter. We finally see just how much of a crush Julia has on Tonhausen. She isn’t the only one! Ah, the age-old issue of having a crush on the same guy your best friend has a crush on. Only problem is, Julia has no claim to him. How do you think this situation will pan out? If Tonhausen and Miss Finch end up together how will that effect Julia and Tonhausen’s relationship?