Louise Monroe (WWTBGN) She Would Get The Flowers Herself (Went to…
Louise Monroe (WWTBGN)
She Would Get The Flowers Herself
...of issues around the world
There's water used for flowers, not people
Can't take pleasure from certain things because she knows the backstory
Not typical female, not wanting flowers/ring
Men giving women these gifts
Male power over female
People need to mine for diamonds
Yet still accepts it
"corny in retrospect, but it had been charming at the time"
From: She Would Get the Flowers Herself
Cynical of things most people would like
"she hadn't wanted a diamond, big or otherwise"
"beauty measured in the size of a diamond"
Feeling worthless without Patrick
Could be due to previous relationships :
40 years old
Went to therapy
Despite swearing she wouldn't
Did it for Patrick
He represented "a chance to change, to become like other people"
Key thing Louise battles against especially later on
Feels societal pressure to be a good wife/ mother
Did it for Archie
"thinking that his problems must be a result of hers"
Went to therapy "when Archie's behaviour was at it's most worrying"
Told to store up all bad thoughts at bottom of the sea
Though was left with no positive thoughts
Bottle feelings up
Has an English degree
Hence literary references
Contrasting with old views of women
Atkinson exploring changing roles of women
Though thinks Patrick may have "hypnotized her"
Detective Chief Inspector Louise Monroe
Lothian and Borders Police
Interested in Alison Needler case
Has a lot
"wearing the rock the size of Gibraltar"
However feels she took the "wrong road"
"wanted to be out there somewhere living the outlaw life, wearing jewels an furs, toting a gun"
Things taken away
First line: "She would drive into town"...
Fated, forced into it
Compulsion not desire
First line is what she intends to do
Not what she wants to do