Nightwood

“The book was the memoirs of the Marquis de Sade, a line was underscored: Et lui rendit pendant sa captivité les milles services qu’un amour dévoué est seul capable de rendre, and suddenly into his mind came the question: “What is wrong?” (51)

Barnes, Djuna. Nightwood. New Directions, 1937. Print

The English translation (according to Google) is as follows: “And rendered him during his captivity the thousand services which devoted love alone can render”, it should be noted that (according to Wikipedia) the Marquis de Sade was known for his “libertine sexuality” which could point out that perhaps Felix didn’t marry the woman he thought he did.

Their Eyes Were Watching God

“Janie was stretched on her back beneath the pear tree soaking in the alto chant of the visiting bees, the gold of the sun and the panting breath of the breeze when the inaudible voice of it all came to her. She saw a dust-bearing bee sink into the sanctum of a bloom; the thousand sister-calyxes arch to meet the love embrace and the ecstatic shiver of the tree from root to tiniest branch creaming in every blossom and frothing with delight. So this was a marriage! She had been summoned to behold a revelation. Then Janie felt a pain remorseless sweet that left her limp and languid.”

This representation of the “bees and the flowers” is very similar to the “birds and the bees” concept. Here, Janie is exploring her idea of love and romanticism. I believe that Janie is trying to discover her desires and the world around her, as she is engrossed in nature in this moment.

Zora Neale Hurston. Their Eyes Were Watching God. Ebook. Chapter 2.

 

 

 

Mrs. Dalloway

“…she did undoubtedly then feel what men felt. Only for a moment; but it was enough. It was a sudden revelation, a tinge like a blush which one tried to check and then, as it spread, one yielded to its expansion, and rushed to the the farthest verge and there quivered and felt the world come closer, swollen with some astonishing significance, some pressure of rapture, which split its thin skin and gushed and poured with an extraordinary alleviation over the cracks and sores” (32). 

Relationship with Sally a protest against the mundanity of Clarissa’s housewife subordination. Description sounds like conscious attempt to repress her homosexual thoughts; then, possible acceptance.

Woolf, Virginia. Mrs. Dalloway. New York: Harcourt, Brace, 1925. Print.