I acknowledge myself to be a gregarious animal, or, perhaps, rather one of those which nature has intended to go in pairs.
Robert warned us to be careful in talking about "Palestine" lest we offend, and, according to Sutherland, both the above stories offended the periodical audience, though in the notes what is mentioned is the apparent scepticism of the first story.
I don't see scepticism in it, but rather a robust appreciation of the real. Trollope is saying he does not need to leave his belief in the realm of the mystic and magical; his belief is reinforced by seeing the real place, sordid, uncertain, and yet beautiful in a strange way.
I thought the description of the place was again very well done. I wondered about this bathing in the Jordan. Is there some custom or religious belief which says people who go to the Jordan ought to bathe in it?
This is not a rhetorical question.
Still what Robert was talking about was probably not the religious motifs of the story of which there are a number--as Trollope differentiates Christians, and talks of the Islamic and other visitors to Palestine ; I assume he was talking about the curious sex.
Now I want to tell the story of what happened the first time I taught this story a couple of years ago. I had begun to discuss Trollope's use of the narrator as a central device in the story, when a female student raised her hand after our short talk was over in this class I made each student give a minute talk, one to a text and we had had a talk on this storyand with a puzzled look at our speaker who had presented the story as about "the stifled independent woman", she said she read the story as one which presented homosexual love in a disguised form.
The girl who had given the talk had read the story as one of a young woman fleeing one man who has control over who, who disguises herself as a man to try to gain some freedom of movement; the young woman is then picked up by another man, who is sexually attracted to her because he instinctively feels she is a woman despite her disguise, and the denouement is a comeuppance for the narrator in more ways than one.
Still the girl giving the talk did not focus on the narrator as the interesting person in the story, but the young woman disguised as a young man. Well, several students then said, yes, I read it as homosexual, especially the part about Mr Smith having a problem he was going to tell Mr Jones about, but didn't have the courage.
The problem was going to be a revelation of gayness. My students awaited a coming out of the closet. I would like to say the first time I read this story this never entered my mind. Still I took it in and together the class went over this story from this point of view. I now think Trollope does play upon the sexual ambiguity of gender.
To sum up the evidence: Trollope has a limited 1st person narrator who never tells us his name but tells us to call him Mr Jones. Jones meets one Mr Smith to whom he is intensely drawn, partly, as we are told in repeated hints, because Mr Smith seems effeminate.
Now there are many hints in the story which can lead the reader to surmize Smith is a woman: Smith will not bathe naked with Jones in the Jordan; Smith sleeps apart from Jones; Smith's hands are feminine; Smith is "feminine" in manners, soft and quiet; Smith's hand on Jones's forehead is feminine; Smith takes Jones's head in "his" lap; Smith tires easily and needs help off his horse.
I see the story as emphatically also about the narrator--and possibly about an adventure based on one of Trollope's own while he travelled without his wife, Rose.
Jones goes to bathe naked in front of Smith who does turn away or stand off a bit ; Jones wonders why Smith sleeps apart and wishes he wouldn't; one evening Jones lies in Smith's lap lingeringly; it is then he tells us he is falling in love with Smith.
Now at the opening of the adventure together Smith asks Jones if he is married; Jones says no; at the end Jones must tell the truth and he feels very guilty. I see the final line about Jones's "blindness" as about more than Smith's deceiving Jones which is how Jones means the line ; it is also about how he deceived her--and is untruthful with himself about his own motives.
Sutherland says that this daring heterosexual intimacy, together with the realistic presentation of Palestine--and as in the previous stories we have read Trollope tells us we cannot know for sure whether what the Bible says occurred in a given place occurred in the way it is written down--shocked Trollope's first readers and made the story hard to place.
I had read the story as partially autobiographic: I saw it--as I still do--and as the girl student who gave the talk in my class that day, a story of a young woman wants to escape an obdurate uncle and see a bit of the world, and finds she cannot escape her sex easily because of the way the world is organized, because of her own background, and because she half falls in love with Jones herself.
I'm not sure it is really about the stifling of an independent women, but certainly that can easily be read as in the story without forcing any details.
And they saw in Jones's attraction to Smith a depiction of homosexual love, and to be sure one can read it this way until the revelation of Smith as Julia Weston. There is certainly cross-dressing here.
Again I don't think one needs to read any details into the story to see it as delving both homosexual and heterosexual impulses. At any rate whatever "take" one has, this story certainly puts paid to the notion that Victorians did not write about sex in a sophisticated manner.
It also challenges the notion that Victorians couldn't think about sex in a subtle manner because they were so censured from a young age. Finally, it suggests that by no means did they believe that sex between two middle class adults could only occur inside marriage.
Apart from all this what I like about the story is its creation of a mood. It is a strange mood, ambiguous, filled with hints of all sorts, sensual and otherwise, and is only matched in this vein by "A Journey to Panama. Mon, 12 Jan The problem was going to be a revelation of gayness I was convinced that the disguise aspect was merely a smokescreen.
I didn't even think of Ellen's point that the disguise story was designed to hide an adulterous heterosexual relationship, but now I suspect that she is right. That makes the narrator's telling Mr.A Ride Across Palestine Anthony Trollope • • 16, Words Circumstances took me to the Holy Land without a companion, and compelled me to visit Bethany, the Mount of Olives, and the Church of the Sepulchre alone.
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