Part two, section 9

Wide Sargasso Sea pages 64 - 65: Delayed entry ... A silent afternoon

Synopsis of part two, section 9

Rochester thinks about the people and the landscape around him and is evidently finding his new environment a challenge. Despite his attempts to keep his English identity intact, he finds he is coming under the place's spell. He feels tired and languorous, drinking rum and sleeping in the afternoon as the others do.

Commentary on part two, section 9

Learning to repress personal feeling for the sake of good manners was typical of the upbringing of an upper class gentleman in the nineteenth century.

Investigating part two, section 9

  • What do you make of the reference to hiding feelings?
  • Why does Rochester label people, situations and places that challenge him as being wrong or unreal?

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