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Re: The Issue of Infidelity

Date: 2014-04-16 05:40 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
DA

With the caveat that I am actually on Constance's side in this in most ways, I don't think the show stated anywhere that Fluer was/is her best friend. Even if she is, Constance is a woman who can speak for herself, and has been shown to speak for herself boldly and without hesitation on many occasions. Her situation is tragically difficult, but dismissing her own voice in this matter feels diminishing to her character somehow.

She said she didn't hate her husband (in a context where it would have been safe to admit that she did), and I believed her. She told her husband that she hadn't known she was unhappy, and I believed her then too.

She had no problem telling the husband who had "absolute power" over her that she wasn't planning to stop her affair with d'Artagnan in the same conversation that she told him she hadn't been unhappy (or hadn't recognized that she wasn't happy). Why would telling him she had been unhappy be more difficult than telling him she wasn't planning to give up her affair?

Once again, I'm on Constance's side for a variety of reasons, but let's not erase her character's voice and actions in the matter. It isn't a black and white issue, much as we might want it to be. It might be easy to dismiss the husband as a cartoon villain and imagine he's been keeping her a slave all these years and never had a moment of good intention towards her (he certainly was more buffoon than person in the books, and fills that same non-person role in the show so far). But Constance is not without fault. She is as flawed a character as the rest of them, and is as entitled to being as flawed a character as the rest of them.

She is in a challenging (and somewhat tragic situation) but she is not a wilting flower, nor is she entirely right in her approach (nor perhaps, entirely wrong).

Re: The Issue of Infidelity

Date: 2014-04-16 06:26 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
"Her situation is tragically difficult, but dismissing her own voice in this matter feels diminishing to her character somehow."

Agreed.

Re: The Issue of Infidelity

Date: 2014-04-16 05:01 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I so agree with this.

Re: The Issue of Infidelity

Date: 2014-04-23 02:15 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
"She is in a challenging (and somewhat tragic situation) but she is not a wilting flower, nor is she entirely right in her approach"

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