by Dennis Abrams
Marcel tries to understand Gilberte’s feelings towards him. Marcel’s preoccupation with the Swanns, and his relief that Swann does not seem to remember him, especially from the nights at Combray when he begged his mother for a last kiss. Gilberte announces to Marcel that she will be gone from the park for days, and Marcel’s unhappiness at her happiness. “I said to myself that evening as on every evening: ‘I’m going to get a letter from Gilbert, she’s going to tell me at last that she has always loved me, and explain the mysterious reason why she has been forced to hide it from me until now, to pretend she could be happy without seeing me, the reason why she has disguised herself as the other Gilberte who is merely a playmate.” Marcel realizes that “in my friendship with Gilberte, I was the only one who loved,” and for that to change he would have to “ask Gilberte to give up our old friendship and lay the foundations of a new one.”
I’m going to be flying home on Sunday, so there will be no new posts until Monday night/Tuesday morning.
In the meantime, the weekend’s reading is Davis: Page 429 through the end of the book, page 444. Next week, we’ll begin reading Moncrieff et als translation of Volume Two, Within a Budding Grove.