Nancy the ostensible purpose of letting the young man into her
apartment was sex it seems to me. They weren't there to listen to the
gramaphone or have tea or anything else. He seems boorish, it's true,
but hardly a rapist. She betrays no indignation or victimhood after he
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On May 10, 2010, at 10:53 PM, Nancy Gish <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Today the typist scene would pretty certainly be called "date rape."
> She has no desire but simply lets him "assault" her. The language
> makes clear that it is an act done to her, not with her. It may not
> be the same as a violent rape, but it is a deliberate and extreme
> violation. That concept might not have been commonly called that
> then, but the act would have been the same.
> >>> Ken Armstrong <[log in to unmask]> 05/10/10 10:16 PM >>>
> Aside from the question of whether Eugenides is a rapist or not or how
> "asked me" becomes an "assault," how is the typist scene a rape? It
> seems to be wholly in the cards, as it were, not at all unexpected by
> either party.
> Ken A
> > As I discussed last year, in my reading, Eugenides is a homosexual
> > rapist who sexually assaults the narrator.
> > My evidence:
> > 1) The Eugenides lines are sandwiched between a description of the
> > rape of Philomela and the rape of the typist.