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WIDE SARGASSO SEA: LITERATURE SUMMARY / FREE BOOK REVIEW
In this brief section the man is visualizing England, removing the tropical
elements that he loathed from the landscape. He is feeling in control
of both nature and Antoinette. He will break her as the hurricane wind
breaks a tree.
On the day they left, Antoinette was expressionless. Her husband waited for her to cry, to show some of her passion or emotion. She stared at the sea. He felt melancholy leaving Granbois and even asked Antoinette to forgive him. But when he saw the hatred in her eyes his own hatred returned. He stared at her to force the appearance of hatred and her beauty to disappear.
One of the boys that was helping to carry the baskets began to cry suddenly.
The man was angry and asked what was wrong. No one would respond. Antoinette
followed him and told him, in an emotionless voice he barely recognized,
that when they had first arrived at Granbois she had promised the boy
that her husband would take him along when they left. The man was inflamed
that Antoinette spoke in his name. Antoinette apologized and returned
the indifferent look to her face. He was convinced by her expression that
she was mad. He was eager to get to England and lock her away.
Antoinette has become zombie-like, as alluded to in Section Four. Her husband’s thoughts and actions have taken her spirit away. Taking her away from her home breaks the last of her being.
The man’s coldness is underscored by his reaction to the crying boy. He refuses
to bring him along or to communicate with him. He looks with disdain on
the boy’s show of emotion.
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