Sleep Fictions: A Digital Companion

I.III.8 Mirth

Again, the theme of stasis and kinesis presents itself. This time even more similarly to the relationship between Roderick and Rowland. As Lily's patron, Mrs. Peniston (like Rowland) benefits from Lily's "active relation with life" as long as it suits her own needs. While Mrs. Peniston remains a "static force" and "looker-on," Lily is expected to perform according to her aunt's expectations and social routine.

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