Sleep Fictions: A Digital Companion

VIII.1 Hudson

For Rowland, Roderick’s recent changes represent a dangerous turning point. He feels a lack of control over his patron and worries over the implications of Roderick’s failure.

In a letter to Cecilia, Rowland frets over Roderick's "machine . . . running down,” declaring that “Nature has given him the faculty out of hand and bidden him be hanged with it.": “He’s too confoundedly all of one piece; he won’t throw overboard a grain of the cargo to save the rest. Fancy him thus with all his brilliant personal charm, his handsome head, his careless step, his look as of a nervous nineteenth-century Apollo*, and you will understand that there is mighty little comfort in seeing him in a bad way.” Here, Rowland realizes that Roderick does not hold the powers of balance that Rowland has mastered in his own life and which Rowland sees as fundamental to maintaining one’s masculinity.

Rowland also mentions his disgust at Roderick's "lying prone" after again awakening him in the night. 


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