"BrianPK" wrote:Well,Misfit, I read Devil Water years ago and how anyone could construe an unnatural relationship between the father and daughter in that marvellous story is just beyond me.But nothing really surprises me about people and their "imaginings" any more.
I didn't like PG's intros, either; I felt that in every one, she implied she could have written the book better, herself. However, in her intro to Devil Water I don't think she was far off in suggesting something a bit unnatural in the relationship between Jenny and her father. I distinctly remember a scene where her father kissed her on the mouth when she was 16 years old? 18? That struck me as a bit unnatural. Also, if you remember, there was a priest that Jenny and her father were close to (it's been over a year since I read it so his name eludes me), who was instrumental in getting her to immigrate to America because he felt like it would be good to separate her from her father. The relationship never became incestuous, but Seton clearly implied that it was heading in that direction -- remember, Jenny's father was only about 16 years older than her, he wasn't around her when she was growing up, and he was a womanizer. So when Jenny re-entered his life as a beautiful young woman who was totally devoted to him, his paternal instincts -- which were weak and sporadic at best -- sometimes were confused with and overtaken by his stronger, more randy instincts.
So -- I have to go out on a limb here and say that I agree with PG's viewpoint on this one. But it was still one of my favorite Seton books, anyway.