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Subject: Re: Film and Opera
From: David Geary <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:David Geary <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Thu, 13 Jul 2017 22:53:48 +0200

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> Marguerite isn't alone in the "If I Only Had a Brain." Gilda and Elsa are
> right alongside.

This is the sort of thing that people are alwavs saying without really
thinking about it.

In her memoires Astrid Varnay writes about Elsa (not the exact words,
but the exact meaning) She say that when Elsa first enters she is about
to be tried and almost certainly condemned for a crime she hasn't
commited. She will likely be burned at the stake.
Varnay continues, this is the middle ages, and people really believed in
divine intervention, that god really could intervine and save you. The
problem is, as they believed in divine intervention, they also believed
in the intervention of the forces of evil, and you could never be sure
that what seems like divine intervention is actually the work of the
forces of evil trying to trap you.  Ortrud plays on this doubt, and that
is Elsa's downfall.


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