Part three, section 6

Wide Sargasso Sea pages 121 - 122: Trying the dress ... Imminent recollections

Synopsis of part three, section 6

Antoinette muses on her red dress while Grace gives more details of Antoinette's attack on Mason the previous night.

Commentary on part three, section 6

  • Rhys' narrative does not include some details from Jane Eyre. Instead of Rochester's delayed arrival, he had already arrived the night Mason was attacked and he and Jane sorted out his medical needs.

Investigating part three, section 6

  • How far is Rochester justified in his judgements on Antoinette's sexual nature?
  • How is the red symbolism built up in this section?
  • What does Rhys indicate about Antoinette's state of mind?


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