Significantly the two break the entrenched social

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daringly unconventional love letter (even if he didn’t intend to send it). Significantly, the two break the entrenched social convention of rigid class boundaries by affirming their love for each other. With the “replay” of the fountain scene, we are privy to the lead-up to it—not from a great distance or through a child’s eyes. We are brought close enough to feel the attraction between the two, and to sense the way in which it has grown over the years. And we see this without any music. There is no underscore, no idealization, just the facts of the situation. Sound effects do add emotional impact, though. The sounds of Cecilia undressing, the angry stomp of her feet, the sounds of water—especially when she rockets out of the fountain, and then as water is dripping off her—a bird screeching, the sounds of her dressing, the clanging of pieces of vase, Robbie’s clenched fist: they intensify the experience for us and
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