Monday, January 11, 2010
I don't quite know what to make of this ad. On the one hand, it's very loving and romantic, but on the other hand, the ending sort of makes it a little...weird.
I really don't quite know what to make of this. When I started reading this, of course, I was all misty-eyed and touched. I mean, that's devotion, that is. I give to you my whole future? I will live for you and you only? My greatest happiness in life will be to please you? Wow. I wish I had someone saying stuff like that to me.
(Actually, maybe not. It's a bit overboard.)
But then it's signed "Brother." Anyone besides me find that just really, really creepy? I suppose it's possible that "Brother" is not really Marguerite's brother. Maybe that's his last name? Or just a nickname he has for some obscure reason? Maybe he's like a stepbrother (still creepy, but I guess slightly more palatable)? Don't get me wrong, I'm all about loving your siblings. Nothing wrong with that. But somehow a brother loving his sister this much just feels so, so wrong.
I recognize that back in the day, people expressed themselves with much more emotion and high-falutin' language. It's pre-Freudian, so none of that weird obsessions with mothers and sons and whatnot. I also don't actually think there's anything gross and incestuous going on here. You know, maybe they're just really close and she's going through some bad times. Possibly he did or said something really horrible and mean to her and she ran away - thus the need for the personal - and now he's feeling terrible and contrite and wants her to come home. Possibly with some Quentin and Caddy dynamic thrown in? But it's still just...so creepy.
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