(urth) [EXTERNAL] Re: Wolfe & Women

Norwood, Frederick Hudson NORWOODR at mail.etsu.edu
Thu Jan 30 04:21:40 PST 2020

I don’t think there is any doubt at all that Wolfe loved his wife.


From: Urth [mailto:urth-bounces at lists.urth.net] On Behalf Of Ab de Vos
Sent: Wednesday, January 29, 2020 6:02 PM
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Subject: [EXTERNAL] Re: (urth) Wolfe & Women

Maybe Barnes is a case of the fox and the grapes. The fox cannot get the grapes he wanted. Afterwards he says they were sour anyway which they were not.
Op 29-1-2020 om 23:21 schreef Gerry Quinn:

On 29/01/2020 19:14, Gem Caccetta wrote:

On Wed Jan 29 2020 Ab de Dos wrote:

"I believe the politically correct accuse Wolfe likewise of being a christian misogynist…"

I know Wolfe’s portrayal of women has been discussed many times on this list. I found this tidbit from my recent re-reading of Free Live Free interesting:

Free says…”You like women, don’t you, Mr. Barnes?”

“Like them?” Taken off guard Barnes considered for a moment. “Not really. I want them, and since I can’t have them, usually, I don’t like them. But I want them, I suppose you could say that. I admire Madame Serpentina.”

I wouldn’t be surprised if this was Wolfe’s own attitude toward women speaking through Barnes. He could find things to admire in some women, but he didn’t really like them. Just my guess, for what it’s worth.

Presumably Barnes doesn't want men either, and can't have them - so should his attitude not be the same?  Clearly he is a misanthrope..

- Gerry Quinn


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