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Within a Budding Grove: Dead Weight: 12/19/09
This week I remembered to read Within a Budding Grove and even got my 30 pages done early. But then Friday rolled around and I was on my second day of a migraine and Harriet's school was having it's annual Christmas pageant. I had volunteered this year so my mind was anywhere but on Proust. Just before bed last night I realized I hadn't posted my thoughts.
Cracks are starting to show in the Swann marriage. Odette is preferring to go out alone for her social calls. Charles is getting jealous and worried that his wife is carrying on affairs. Given Odette's past, he's probably right but well meaning friends are telling him to stop trying to control her every waking hour.
As Charles Swann is in that state of knowing what is going on but having no one believe him yet, I'm reminded of an old Columbo episode called "Dead Weight." Here a young divorcee out sailing with her mother sees a man shoot another man in his condo. Since the sun is low (although behind a thick fog) and she's in the channel no one believes what she has seen. Columbo though does see errors in the man's account of what happened (or didn't) and can piece together a more accurate picture from what the woman says she has seen. Maybe Charles Swann needs someone like Columbo.
See you back in next week for my thoughts on pages 151-180.
Swann's Way posts:
Lisa's First Word, Baby Mine, I Sing the Body Electric, The Lady in Pink, Bleeding Gums Murphy, Caturday, Cherry Blossoms, Marge Simpson, Liana Telfer, Bender in Love, Margaret Dumont, Hyacinth Bucket, Rose, Mildred Krebs, Pepé Le Pew, Jack Harness, Cordelia Chase, Saffron, Thomas O'Malley.
Within a Budding Grove posts:
Nanowrimo, Cheers, Robert Langdon, Kif and Amy, Dead Weight, Clark Kent, Lex Luthor, Paris is a Lonely Town, And Then There's Maude, A Cafe Terrace at Night, North by Northwest, Top Hat, Chez Deetz, Ah, My Goddess!, David, Auntie Mame, Brunhilde Esterhazy, Gusteau's, Shell Beach.
books | fiction | Marcel Proust | 1919