Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Eugene Onegin: Chapters 3 and 4
Impressions of Tatyana and Olga? Olga is a simple, friendly, pretty girl; ideal for good-natured and romantic (and possibly undemanding) Victor. Tatiana is deeper--reserved but passionate, a dreamer and reader of romances.
What do you make of Onegin's reaction to Tatyana? It seems in character. Onegin is not cruel, but he is far too jaded and self-centered to appreciate a heartfelt gift of love. It wouldn't occur to him to give of himself, and he is not interested in the offering of another's heart.
How does the story, thus far, compare or contrast with another classic romantic novel (of your choice)? Anna Karenina comes to mind; I read it last fall. I'm reminded of Kitty and Levin--his offering of marriage, heart full of passion, and her initial thoughtless rejection. Will Eugene come to his senses as Kitty did? He did notice Tatiana when he first met the sisters...