By Morag Joss
While a bridge collapses within the Highlands of Scotland, dozens of individuals vanish into the river under. A motor vehicle employed via a girl vacationer was once filmed pulling onto the bridge moments earlier than it fell. Now numbered one of the lacking, the girl seizes her likelihood to begin her lifestyles over. yet her new course takes her no farther than a wood cabin at the riverbank, the place she seeks rebirth and freedom from her previous self. There she lives with Silva, an unlawful immigrant whose husband and daughter haven't been noticeable because the day of the bridge's cave in. the ladies are befriended via the boatman Ron, and jointly they convey a delicate sanctuary. misplaced souls all, they maintain secrets and techniques from one another, but attach in methods none of them expects, as they try to reconcile their previous histories with the current and form for themselves an elusive, longed-for destiny. A haunting tale of identification and reinvention, loss and reparation, around the Bridge is a gorgeous new novel from award-winning writer Morag Joss.
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Disregarding this, what Bluebeard forbids his wife must be some kind of sexual knowledge or act, shown symbolically; what it is has 35 See an article by Yvonne Verdier, often reproduced or summarized: ‘Grandsmères, si vous saviez: Le Petit Chaperon rouge dans la tradition orale’, Cahiers de la littérature orale, 4 (1978); and Appendix A on Red Riding-Hood below. 36 Beast to Blonde, 244–6. Some of the comments she records make a connection with the sin of Eve, desire for sexual knowledge; but Eve was a virgin, unlike— presumably—Bluebeard’s wife.
The clearest cases are Sleeping Beauty and Red Riding-Hood, from which episodes known in other versions, such as the Prince’s violation of the unconscious girl and the wolf ’s treatment of the grandmother’s corpse, are absent; if Perrault knew them, as seems probable, he must have decided against them on the grounds that they would be found offensive, and made the necessary alterations. The result of all this is that the tales in prose, at least—the position is different with those in verse—became suited to the middle-class introduction xxxvii sensibilities of his time.
It becomes necessary to hide the offspring from the motherin-law, who behaves (leaving her ogreish propensities aside) like any other mother who suspects that her son is having an illicit affair. The story’s subject, then, has changed, and now concerns the notoriously difﬁcult relationship between a man’s wife and his mother—perhaps not a topic that might be expected in a fairy-tale. We can reconstruct the reasons for it by comparing Perrault’s tale with Basile’s earlier version. Here, the Prince who ﬁnds the sleeping Talia is already married, and takes advantage of her unconscious state to father twins on her; in due course, the jealous wife ﬁnds out, and seeks a dreadful revenge, exactly like Beauty’s mother-in-law.
Across the Bridge by Morag Joss