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"Gloria Monti (GD 1995)" <[log in to unmask]>
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Wed, 23 Feb 1994 18:31:19 -0400
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> My interpretation of the relationship of Ada and Baines is different than
> that of Chris White.  Something is out of order here, as if he saw a
> different movie than the one I saw.  If I remember correctly, Baines is
> brought to the beach by Ada and her daughter. Ada refuses to have the
> piano left there.  Baines gives in.  The only thing Baines and Ada have
> in common is pent-up horniness.  It seems that Ada hasn't had a man
> since she was pregnant and Baines may never have had a white/non-Maori
> woman.  Any sexual attraction on Ada's part comes as her clothing comes
> off onion-skin like, one layer at a time over the course of time.  Maybe
> Baines wears her down or maybe he awakens her repressed feelings.  But
> never did I get the impression that there was any kind of mutual physical
> attraction.
        Well, the fact that you saw a different movie than the one Chris
White saw just proves Barthes's notion of the death of authorship and
birth of readership.   Which is good.
        However, don't you think that when someone says that they are
miserable, they cannot sleep, or eat, because they are only thinking about
somebody else, they are *definitely* attracted to that person?  Isn't that
a sign of attraction?  Refer to Barthes's *Lover's Discourse* if you will.
        I am convinced that what is happening between Baines&Ada goes well
beyond being horny.  Horny people do not look at people the way Baines
looks at Ada.
        Gloria Monti