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September 19, 2006

Julie's Quote Commentary on "The Murders in the Rue Morgue"

Julia Broadway, Section 003, CompLit 240

“We existed within ourselves alone.

It was a freak of fancy in my friend to be enamored of the Night for her own sake; and into this bizarrerie, as into all his others, I quietly fell; giving myself up to his wild whims with a perfect abandon. The sable divinity would not herself dwell with us always; but we could counterfeit her presence." Page 401.

I think that this quote and the paragraph from which it hails do a very nice job of establishing the relationship between the narrator and Dupin. It shows what a powerful personality Dupin is- even his "freak[s] of fancy" can inspire and influence his friend. The narrator speaks of counterfeiting the presence of Night- something which cloaks and conceals us from the rest of the world. When he is with Dupin, the rest of the world falls away, hidden behind a veil like the veil of Night's darkness. They have no need for anyone else's company- they exist "within ourselves alone".

Posted by jcbroadw at September 19, 2006 05:07 PM


I'm not writing a detailed comment as we discussed this in class on Friday already. (I hadn't noticed at that time that you had already selected this passage, or I would have mentioned your insights in class discussion).

Posted by: bhattach at September 25, 2006 01:23 AM

Julia, I liked how you went through and analyzed the text in sections. I also liked that you analyzed the words themselves as Sayan mentioned to do in discussion. I dont know if you were supposed to relate the quote back into the story, or if that is possible but it would have helped me to make more sense of why this quote is relevant. Although, you did mention that it sets up their relationship, so that's good. ~Ilana

Posted by: ilanab at September 25, 2006 04:32 PM

Sayan's further comments:

You might also have mentioned the alliteration of the "f" sounds -- "freak", "fancy", "fell".

Another point worth thinking about -- what about possible connections/echoes in this passage to the text as a whole?

If the problem-solver's job is to shed light on mysteries, isn't it odd that this problem-solver is so enamored of the Night? What to make of that? Does that tell us anything about Dupin's style of solving problems?

Posted by: bhattach at October 2, 2006 03:38 AM

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