In this first section of The French Lieutenant’s Woman, John Fowles seems to be taking on the role of an anthropologist – observing his characters rather than just telling a story. If readers keep going with this metaphor, they will find that Fowles has a lot of biases even though anthropologists are supposed to keep their observations neutral and objective. This may be because he connects events in the story – set in the Victorian Era – to events that happen in the future – circa 1967, when the book was written. Even though I may not understand all of the historical references, it makes the story more interesting.
There would have been another section post for Tess, but it’s been rough at school lately and I couldn’t keep up. You know something’s wrong when blogging doesn’t sound like fun. But I’m not as stressed anymore, so I will try to aim for consistency. We’ve already finished the book, so this post is going to go to the end.