deborah deborah at
Mon Jan 17 17:54:16 EST 2000

 yes, this is exactly how I feel.  I have always adored _Beauty_,
 and I know it is for two reasons:

 . when I first read it, I was impressed with how the "evil"
 sisters were made good without changing anything they said just
 by adding irony.

 . I love the description of the desk with the pigeonholes,
 paper, and ink in her room in the beast's palace.

 This was entirely a gut reaction, that lasted.
 But I think McKinley (unlike DWJ) specifically writes what she
 loves, so if you love it too, you love her books.  Which  worked
 for me with most of her books, but not with _Rose Daughter_,
 because I don't love what she loves in that book.  She doesn't
 make you love it, you already have to in order to share her

deborah at
Glory be to God for dappled things 	-- G. M. Hopkins

On Mon, 17 Jan 2000, Melissa Proffitt wrote:
|I wrote a nice little rational explanation of Why I Like This Book in that
|first post.  But when I was reading _Beauty_ for the first time, I wasn't
|thinking "wow, this really says a lot about what it means to have honor."
|It seemed like a wonderfully fun adventure and romance.  But it's that gut
|reaction that does more to affect our reading of a particular book than
|almost anything else--and that gut reaction is often overlooked as a factor
|in how we read things.  At least, I think it is.  It colors everything about
|a book, so the scenes that I see as romantic, Hallie sees as manipulative
|(for example, the bit near the end where the Beast tells Beauty he can't
|live without her).  And as long as we don't get into a question of what the
|author really meant--putting our own interpretations on the author's
|intention--both of those reactions are perfectly logical and right.  (hmm,
|does that sound pompous enough?)

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