Mrs. Vineetha, PGT-English, KV, KANNUR writes…

Did Sophie really meet Danny Casey?

Never on a one to one basis. Of course she knew him as the star player her brother adored. I think the clue lies in
Sophie’s obvious distaste for her working class background; she feels she is born for better things like
Maupassant’s Mattilda Loisel (diamond necklace). The Danny Casey story is her one stab at escaping -to a world
of glamour and sophistication. Then why Danney?

Reason 1- he is the one star she knows, a way from her dreary circle.

2nd- she would like her brother to see her as a woman, not a girl – a girl good enough to be noticed and asked out
by men like DANNY CASEY whom he admires.

And now the last part – her meeting him- remember, the place she chose for the meeting? One which she had seen
other lovers use- her unconscious ideal rendezvous. Then the whole meeting thing- defense mechanism plus a
strong imagination- willingly she goes through the motions of a girl in love- first the joyous anticipation
part, then the doubting part, confirmation that he is not coming- she tells “now i am sad”

What I mean, is that she goes through each motion of love, savoring each step.
It is as if there are two persons- one who goes through anticipation, doubt, heart-break and sadness life long, while the other looks on
enjoying. Many nights of girlhood many through these steps with some boy who catch their fancy and their tears
and sighs would be very real. They enjoy it too. I mean, girls love to be the tragic queens!