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Comments for In a Budding Grove: Lex Luthor
Two weeks ago in my I compared Bergotte to Clark Kent but in the last thirty pages he is beginning to show his true colors. I'm now up to page 210 in Within a Budding Grove.
Bergotte is a man of power through his celebrity. He has a good reputation and he puts on a good show but his public persona is showing cracks. Underneath is a much less likeable man.
So once again the protagonist has to make an uncomfortable choice. He can continue being friends with the Swanns (and court Gilberte) or he can cut ties with them and be mentored by Bergotte. To make thinks worse and more confusing, Bergotte has been publicly praising the protagonist. With all the attention his parents now are pushing him to continue his friendship with Bergotte even though the family has been friends with the Swanns for years.
With the protagonist stuck in the middle I see Bergotte as Lex Luthor as portrayed on the WB / CW series. He's suave and friends (on and off) with all of Clark's friends but he's often the source of the trouble and is certainly on path to become something much worse and more dangerous.
See you back next week for my thoughts on pages 211-240.
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.