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Date Posted: 10:36:42 03/19/10 Fri
Author: Icaredor
Subject: Re: What's the point of the duel?
In reply to: jesse 's message, "Re: What's the point of the duel?" on 08:32:32 03/10/10 Wed

Hey, Jesse, thanks for your response.

I forgot that I'd written that Greek tragedy interpretation of L&D. It's not bad and not entirely impertinent. As Wagner is no longer available, do you suppose Peter Jackson would be interested in it?

I agree with you about Tori. I think all three girls, each for a different reason, feel a lack of maternal love. Part of their love for each other serves to fill that gap in their lives.

Mary's statement about Tori not being a lesbian does seem weird. (Paulie does agree though, "neither of us are lesbians!") Maybe Mary is making a feeble attempt to get Paulie to face reality: Lesbian or not, Tori ain't comin' back.

You have a point, though, about Mary shifting allegiance to Tori. Because people who love this movie love Paulie, we probably treat her too leniently. Poor Mary deserves as much understanding here as Paulie. Mary has stuck with her even when Paulie seems to have withdrawn into herself and doesn't show any appreciation for Mary's support (i.e., the scenes when they walk to the mailboxes and the soccer game). Paulie prefers being alone in the woods with the raptor.

When Mary gets back to their room after the soccer match, Paulie is out of her mind. She has just smashed the mirror and strewn glass all over the floor. She slashes Mary's hand with a shard and then physically attacks Mary. Mary is frightened. It is after this that she starts drifting away from Paulie and towards Tori, (i.e., she goes to sit with Tori in the dining hall, and now sits next to Tori in Vaughn's English class). It's not until the night of the dance that Paulie can draw Mary back to her.

Mary is little more than a child. She is three years younger than Paulie and Tori. Her mother has died. She has been driven from her home and finds herself in the middle of this hysterical love drama between her room mates. Ghastly Allison and her little troglodyte friends are spreading lies about her. Mary is still Tori's friend as well as Paulie's. She's fifteen years old and never been kissed. I wouldn't expect her to have a very sophisticate comprehension of sex, gender, and relationships.

She has to cope with all of this when she just wants to be safe at home in Rainy River planting flowers with her mummy. Poor Mouse.

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