Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Distinction between feeling sorry and repentance- Nabokov and Jane Austen

I apologise for not replying to all comments and emails. So many things to do. I can't even breathe. However, a new post on Beyond Eastrod just reminds me..., so here are 2 great posts by D. G. Myers: 
- Nabokov's Lolita, greatest novel ever written in English; enactment of moral experience; Humbert Humbert's repentance; Lolita not devoid of moral intention; "wincing revelations of Lolita’s suffering and Humbert’s own devastation", Humbert Humbert realising the horror of what he's doing to Lolita; regret; restitution; full and public confession; Lolita a person, not a token; that Lolita's sexual precociousness is beside the point:
- A response to some comments below the previous post- the idea of conditional apology, the difference between feeling sorry and true repentance, with passages from Emma ("Jane Austen was not impressed by the power of saying “I’m sorry.”"):

(Now, having said sorry, I can go on ignoring you all). 

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