I like what you say about Magdalen.

I suspect the French authors had madeleine in mind.

Poe's Madeline is interesting too because of the uncanniness and falling in "The Fall of the House of Usher," which is about collapsed boundaries of many kinds--past/present,Madeline/Roderick, narrator/Roderick, narrator/reader, contagious fear.

On Thu, Apr 9, 2009 at 10:11 AM, Norman Holland <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Good points, Dianne!  I wish I had thought of them.  I was thinking of
the Magdalen as in the portrait.

                     --With warm regards,

Norm Holland

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