.....................................in The Family Reunion, where it appears
among other themes. Before the play opened, Harry was married,
but his wife fell off the deck of a liner at sea and was drowned.
From that time he has been obsessed with the idea that he had
pushed her off, and his consciousness of guilt had followed him in
the shape of the Furies, the Eumenides. He flies from them all
over the world, but cannot escape them, and at last returns to his
home, hoping that he will find refuge in the surroundings of his
childhood. But the Eumenides pursue him even here. Among the
collection of uncles and aunts (a very dull lot from the dramatic
point of view) who are at the family house is Agatha, a spinster
and principal of a woman's college, who as a girl had been in love
with Harry's father and he with her. She tells Harry that just
before he was born his father had planned to murder his mother.
It becomes clear then that this is the beginning of the family curse
which has haunted Harry, and that the wish of his father had been
the cause of his obsession with a similar sin. He begins to see that
he may not have murdered his wife at all.............................
I certainly appreciate Guinness's reading of TWL - this was a real inspiration to me in the 80's only equaled by the stage performance in London with Fox, Gough & Aitkens - some of the latter was also on VHS but no longer on U tube, I believe.Mike----- Original Message -----From: [log in to unmask]" href="mailto:[log in to unmask]" target="_blank">Chokh RajSent: Friday, September 02, 2011 2:47 AMSubject: Re: Poetry in 'The Family Reunion'I don't think Guinness is enacting any character in the play. And if he is not doing that, he is not supposed to be reading the lines after any character. Apparently he has picked up lines from the play which appeal to him as poetry, and he renders them as as poetry after his own fashion. Taken independently of the play, I can visualize Eliot reading them in the selfsame manner.Regards,CRFrom: Rickard A. Parker <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Thursday, September 1, 2011 7:13 PM
Subject: Re: Poetry in 'The Family Reunion'
I didn't like it much. Guinness read it as if it were poetry.
He was supposed to read it like an ordinary person would speak
if ordinary people spoke poetry.
On 9/1/2011 1:53 PM, Chokh Raj wrote:
> There is poetry in the play.
> Sir Alec Guinness reads an excerpt from TS Eliot's verse play The Family
> Enjoy, s'il vous plait.
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