Albert Field: The Mystery of Edwin Drood Solved by Charles Dickens

Отправлено 26 янв. 2018 г., 10:08 пользователем Sven Karsten   [ обновлено 26 янв. 2018 г., 10:09 ]

Jasper's only purpose in life has been to hold Ned to him. He cannot have had a happy childhood, with no mother and (much of his life) no father. There was no one else but Ned to satisfy his need for love. And Ned, also having no mother and losing his father during adolescence, needs Jasper's love and loves him in return.

But now Ned is about to leave him both geographically and emotionally; when they dine together, he proposes a toast to Pussy, and that evening leaves her birthday present at the school. Grewgious makes it clear the wedding will take place, and the "lovers" are seen to kiss.

He will lose the only person he ever cared about and (more importantly) the only person who ever cared about him. He will be alone the rest of his life.

When Jasper banned the words "uncle" and "nephew," he was trying to bring them closer. Yet for two men who are too close in age to be father and son, there are only two relationships that are closer. It may be that Jasper wants Ned to feel that he is his brother (which is half true but cannot be revealed). Or it may be that he hopes for the closeness of a special friendship. All of his love is focused on Ned; he wants all of Neds love for himself.

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