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Date Posted: 08:32:32 03/10/10 Wed
Author: jesse (calm)
Subject: Re: What's the point of the duel?
In reply to: Icaredor 's message, "Re: What's the point of the duel?" on 16:13:48 02/05/09 Thu

>Hi Stef, thanks for your insights on Paulie. Perhaps
>Thompson changed Paulie’s name from Sykes to Oster to
>signal these Amazon characteristics.
>Why do you suppose Mary goes along with the whole
>thing?
>
>The relationship between her and Paulie receives
>surprisingly little attention. People focus most on
>Paulie (and we all love Paulie, of course); Mary
>usually gets shrift as her loyal sidekick. Their
>relationship is full of dark, Freudian symbolism
>though.
>
>Here’s an interpretation as Greek tragedy (with a
>touch of Brothers Grimm)…
>Mary is the innocent child cast out from her home,
>abandoned by her father in a scary world because of
>the jealousy of her (evil) stepmother. King Paulie
>finds the frightened waif in her realm. She and her
>queen, Victoria, adopt the child and make her a home.
>Later, Paulie finds another child abandoned on her
>lands, adopts it and makes a home for it too. She now
>has two (animal) children: the mouse and the hawk.
>
>Paulie, though, violates her responsibility as a
>parent. One night, to make the hawk stronger, she
>feeds a mouse (her bright child) to the hawk (her dark
>child). The gods immediately punished her for this
>moral transgression. Her country is invaded by
>stinking goblins with warty feet and her queen stolen
>from her. The End [of part one, at least]
>
>Thanks again,
>Ic
this is a very cool interpretation of the story.
This would make a perfect libretto for a wagner opera or something in that direction.
I always feel though, that paulie is as much like a mother for tory as tory is like a mother for paulie.

Tory even says: "i'd be so totally lost without you P". The title of the movie therefore apply's to both girls. I even think that in the end, tory is much, much worse of than paulie, because at least paulie stays loyal to herself.

When it comes to the relation between mary B and paulie..i think that although mary obviously cares for pauly, she realy fails her as a friend.
She even says `listen, tori is not a lesbian` while she knows that this isn´t true and therefore more or less cooperates with tori´s betrayal of paulie.
What would have happened if she would have sayed ´i know that the love of your life has betrayed you and you must feel realy bad, however, you are not alone because i´m here with you and i´m your friend´

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