'How Vainly Men Themselves Amaze' Interpretation

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I 'm going to interpret a short story called «How vainly men themselves amaze». This is a story about a holiday affair turning into a love triangle between young Franklin, a married woman Mrs Palgrave and her German nursemaid Heidi. The plot of the story is not tangle. Eighteen years old high-school graduate Franklin being on holiday with his parents at French resort gets to know Mrs Palgrave, an auburn-haired woman about forty with mottled and stencilled green eyes. Gradually their acquaintance turns out to be a love affair. Every afternoon they drive to a remote bay surrounded by rocks and pines to have a good time there taking pictures and enjoying themselves. The plot undergoes a drastic turn when Mrs Palgrave leaves Franklin for…show more content…
Let 's look at Mrs Palgrave appearance description. She is a mature woman with smouldering auburn hair and beautiful golden-tanned body with a flat stomach. It 's useless to say that such woman wouldn 't spent her time falling into routine and doing household chores all days long. No wonder that she seeks for young boys for entertaining as her unfaithfulness is rather proved by her boredom. This leads me to another issue raised by the author, which could be defined as using people in selfish aims. Mrs Palgrave seduces young and innocent Franklin, cheats his naïve feelings and hurts his trustful heart. Being an unexperienced eighteen years old boy, Franklin couldn 't discern mercenary ends in Mrs Palgrave behavior, that 's why he regarded their affair as a romance. However a doubt about Mrs Palgrave 's feelings to Franklin is apparent. Returning to the episode of her departing for London, it 's noticeable that leaving Franklin she accuses him of flattering by making a confession to miss her. She tells him that it 's possible to get sick even of love and refers to a well-known saying “Out of sight out of mind”. It certainly proves an insignificance of her feelings and consequently the selfishness of her aims. The story also brings up an issue of inner and outer beauty by opposing two main female characters: Heidi and Mrs Palgrave. I had already focused on Mrs Palgrave 's description, now let 's consider Heidi 's appearance and features of her nature. Judging

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