Sleep Fictions: A Digital Companion

VI.3 Hudson

As he sleeps, Rowland sees Christina Light approach. He is weary of her interactions with Roderick, for he fears that she encourages Roderick’s impetuousness. Later, when Christina stumbles upon Roderick asleep in the park, she assumes that the two men are asleep together. When Rowland protests, she slyly replies: “I never yet happened to learn what men were doing when they supposed women were not watch them but it was something vastly below their reputation.” She also refers to Rowland as “Mr. Hudson’s sheep-dog,” while her companion, Prince Casamassima, calls Roderick a “Sleeping Beauty in the Wood.”* In this light, Roderick and Rowland play the two parts of a romantic, heterosexual couple. Rowland is the knight protecting his resting beloved. Such a comparison irritates Rowland. The underlying homoeroticism of his relationship to Roderick is only possible of both men retain their images of masculinity. For Roderick to appear effeminate, it seems to Rowland, is to risk the possibility of his desire for the young artist to be found out.


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