Gaudet

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  • Gaudet
    • Patriarchal world of 1828 Louisiana
      • Men free to exploit and abuse women
      • Women property of men
      • Position of women in society
        • Society's views and expectations
    • dumbfounded
      • expression
        • clueless
    • Plantation owner
    • husband
      • simile- 'my husband roared over me like a locomotive'
        • Insensitive
        • No effection
        • Unstoppable
      • 'I didn't find him particularly attractive
        • expressive utterance
    • ' and I was right to be afraid. In town he was unsure of himself, but in his own home he was a tyrant'
      • abstract noun 'tyrant'
        • connotation
        • individual sadist
        • vulnerable
      • subtext to violence
      • Hints at unhappiness
      • possibly too embarrassed to confess totally
    • 'the warmth from every exchange'
      • no warmth
      • cold hearted
      • sucks the life out
      • metaphorical triadic listing
    • 'nature of the bargain'
      • abstract noun
        • financial value
        • money theme
    • 'this is my husband'
      • echo of first page
      • disbelief
    • 'he rarely laughed
      • boring
    • delightful party contrasts with terrible husband
    • Page 9
      • 'will you sit down?'
        • instructional utterance
        • rhetorical question
        • Manon surprised by civil tone
          • usually rude?
        • no manners- no please, no choice
    • Page 11
      • 'his eyes swept over my figure in that rapacious way I find so unsettling'
        • rapacious- adjective
        • repelled by his sexual interest
          • doesnt feel attracted to him
        • belongs to him- he can do what he likes with her
    • Page 10
      • 'well, she'll just have to be afraid'
        • inconsiderate of servants' feelings
        • doesnt see them as people
          • have no feelings
        • only uses pronoun
    • page 54-58
      • 'he was a flawless manager, far more intelligent and efficient than my father
        • sarcasm
        • contrasts Gaudet with father
        • mocks arrogance
        • how Gaudet sees himself
      • 'come to my office when you have finished eating
        • deliberately formal
        • bossy
    • page 59-61
      • recounts sexual history
        • unwilling to have his children
      • 'ive not much interest in making love to a corpse'
        • she doesn't move
        • no affection
        • not performing 'wifely duty'
        • bitter
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