Even a lurker can't let logic be mixed this way.
If he was not feeling guilty about his relationship to his wife because the
poem was wrtitten pre-wife then he was not feeling guilty about his
relationship with Emily Hale since he had not yet jilted her for Viv. The
supposed guilt that TSE felt towards Hale being usually seen as generated by
his having jilted her for Viv and then when free from Viv jilting Hale again
for Val. Am I missing something?
Why would a misogynist feel any guilt what so ever about his relationship
with something he hates? Or is the misogynist label as commonly applied to
TSE used in some manner that is not consistent with the dictionary? Perhaps
a label with greater symbolic content to a community I am not part of?
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