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OMF and the Unexpected

March 6, 2012

So, I did not see the convergence of Rokesmith/ Bella/ Lizzie happening as it did/ at all. I mean, I never thought Lizzie would be the catalyst for the beginnings of a real conversation between Rokesmith and Bella. I knew they would have to come together eventually, Rokesmith being Harmong and all. I also didn’t expect such a philosophical conversation between them. The whole thing gets awfully Socratic awfully fast with all that talk of knowing oneself ( which is not unrelated to the post below), and then Bella is telling Rokesmith that he is “repressed” and acts a “passive part” (521). Suddenly, the talk gets real. And of course Rokesmith is repressed and passive; he is suppressing an entire human being inside himself.

I also didn’t expect Bella to factor into what Lizzie saw in the fire (529). I’m not sure how I feel about that. I guess I’ll wait and see.


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  1. Hillary fowler permalink

    The whole Lizzie/ Bella thing came up in an unexpected manner, but I guess I expected them to cross paths at some point ( it seems like everyone does). I like you you said Harmon is repressing a human being within himself. Hadn’t thought about it from that perspective.

  2. Oh man. Repression, oppression, depression. All wrapped up in Dickens, all the time.

  3. I love the way Dickens speaks to us through his characters’ tete-a-tetes like the one between Rokesmith and Bella. Clearly, Bella is starting to break out of her internal focus and see others’ through a lens of how they can be fulfilled, not just how they can serve her idea of self-fulfillment. Oddly, I’m reminded of — of all things — an episode of The Big Bang Theory, where a character is told “The locus of my identity is totally exterior to me.” Translation — a character’s self worth is determined by how those outside of herself sees her. I think Bella has finally started to move beyond that.

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