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romantic longing for the perfect partner

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Posted by Jan ( on September 28, 2003 at 12:48:19:

In Reply to: Eline Vere (1991) posted by Jan den Breejen ( on September 27, 2003 at 09:14:41:

I think that the romantic need for a perfect and ideal partner which we can see with Mercurial type characters has a connection with the Self Confident Style (also extraverted and energetic), which also has high demands, things never be good enough, allways must be better, higher, more etc?

Anybody has an idea about the possibility of this link?


What follows is a brief summary of the novel's main story line. This will allow you to place the two excerpts in context.

The novel's eponymous heroine is a dreamy and wistful young woman who lives in The Hague with her sister Betsy. Whereas Betsy, with her practical outlook on life, takes after their deceased mother, Eline is much more like their father, a painter who had also died some years before without having realized his artistic dreams. The two sisters belong to a clique of well-to-do families and try to escape boredom by immersing themselves in a never-ending series of parties.

Eline's pretty smile and almond shaped eyes capture the hearts of many admirers. Four men in particular play an important part in her life: they are the opera singer Theo Fabrice, her nephew Vincent Vere, Otto van Erlevoort to whom she becomes engaged and, finally, the American Lawrence St. Clare. Yet, Eline's romantic expectations are so high that none of the men can live up to them.
Eline becomes more and more convinced that she is driven towards destruction and that she lacks the power to change her fate. One evening, in a desperate effort to go to sleep she takes more than the prescribed dose of morphine and poised between peace and fear of death dies.

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