If you follow the sentence's grammar you'll see that the
misuderstanding is part of a series of things that comprise
"everything about Eugenides" in the poem.
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On May 9, 2010, at 12:50 PM, Terry Traynor <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> In the exchange below, I'm not clear about who is supposed to be
> doing the misjudgement. Is it that:
> a) Mr. Eugenides misjudges the narrator in thinking that a stranger
> would want to spend a weekend with him?
> b) The narrator misjudges Mr. Eugenides in thinking that Mr.
> Eugenides is propositioning him?
> c) The reader misjudges the text in not realizing that Mr. Eugenides
> is propositioning the narrator?
> > the change in languages, the misjudgement of a stranger's
> > interest on spending a weekend with him,
> > possibly as a failure of adaptation, everything about Eugenides
> > says he is displaced and trying to prevail in a foreign culture.
> > Why do you say there is a "misjudgement" of a stranger's interest
> > on spending a weekend with the narrator? What in the text says
> > that Mr. Eugenides is not propositioning the narrator when he asks
> > him to lunch at the Cannon Street Hotel followed by a weekend at
> > the Metropole?