Unformatted text preview: Robert's response certainly foreshadows his ultimate entanglement with Edna. Although he has established a pattern of engaging in rhetoric instead of action — the mock romances with married women, the unfulfilled intention to seek his fortune in Mexico — evidently he does wish to be taken seriously, to receive credit as a passionate lover and successful entrepreneur based on his intentions rather than his acts. "I hope she has discernment enough to find in me something besides the blaguer ," he says, revealing the attitude that Edna could only do herself credit to find worth in him and perceive him as a man to be reckoned with. Yet Madame Ratignolle immediately and candidly identifies the truth of the situation: "You speak with about as little reflection as . . . one of those children down there." Robert is still emotionally immature, which probably motivates his hollow children down there....
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- Fall '08
- Rhetoric, Madame Ratignolle, Edna., Alc ée Arobin