“You have travelled; you have spent several years of your life at Ingolstadt; and I confess to you, my friend, that when I saw you last autumn so unhappy, flying to solitude, from the society of every creature, I could not help supposing that you might regret our connection, and believe yourself bound in honour to fulfil the wishes of your parents although they opposed themselves to your inclinations. But this is false reasoning. I confess to you, my friend, that I love you, and that in my airy dreams of futurity you have been my constant friend and companion. But it is your happiness I desire as well as my own when I declare to you that our marriage would render me eternally miserable unless it were the dictate of your own free choice. Even now I weep to think that, borne down as you are by the cruellest misfortunes, you may stifle, by the word _honour_, all hope of that love and happiness which would alone restore you to yourself. I, who have so disinterested an affection for you, may increase your miseries tenfold by being an obstacle to your wishes. Ah! Victor, be assured that your cousin and playmate has too sincere a love for you not to be made miserable by this supposition. Be happy, my friend; and if you obey me in this one request, remain satisfied that nothing on earth will have the power to interrupt my tranquillity. ”
A letter from Elizabeth to Victor
Frankenstein by Mary Shelly
Love stories span all genre’s…all time periods…all cultures. Stories about love have existed throughout the ages, and the basic themes and plots of these stories have changed little. Frankenstein has not one, but two love stories to tell…Victor and Elizabeth, the creature and his mate. As different as the relationships are, (the creatures mate never actually breathes life) both mirror each other eerily and end in tragedy. We so very much want a resolution…a happy ending…even at the darkest hour…we cling to hope that love will conquer all. It is, after all, the human condition to attempt to find hope in hopeless situations. All the creature wants…needs..in life is someone who will love him…someone to spend his days and nights with in a lifetime of isolation…someone who accepts him. All Victor finally wants is to spend his life with Elizabeth…to forget…to find solace…some amount of peace after the tragedies he has brought about. In the end, he breaks his promise of creating a mate for the creature…destroying her with his bare hands before bringing her to life. On Victor and Elizabeth’s wedding night, as Victor roams the house in an attempt to secure it … the creature comes in through the bedroom window and kills Elizabeth…leaving her draped over their wedding bed. Lives lost…love never realized.
All great love stories, says Nicholas Sparks, have to end in tragedy.
A Tattered Page continues though Sunday this week. An in store event borne from the brainchild of Cursed Events, A Tattered Page takes a novel as it’s theme…designers have read the book, picked out favorite passages and designed an exclusive item that reflects that passage. The inaugural novel is Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Visit the event website and check out the tab for the shopping guide for links to all the designers.
TRUTH HAIR Feronia NEW! (and not a part of the event…just awesome)
Del May Precious Face pose (slightly modified)