*SPOILER IF YOU HAVEN’T FINISHED THIS WEEK’S READING
During this week’s reading we learn through Lina that the “you” Florens continually addresses is a blacksmith–a FREE black man who worked on the estate Lina and Florens reside at.
During her sections, Florens repeatedly displays her infatuation with this blacksmith:
“I go west into the trees. Everything I want is west. You. Your talk. […] You will hear what I have to say and come back with me. I have only to go west” (Vintage International, 2009, 47-48).
“I don’t want to be free of you because I am live only with you” (82).
“You are my shaper and my world as well. It is done. No need to choose” (83).
What is your reaction to these statements? Do you see Florens the way Lina does? Lina thinks that Florens is a foolish girl, pining over a man who does not want her.
I question Lina’s belief that the blacksmith does not want Florens when Florens explains: “Lina says there are some spirits who […] guard virgins and mothers. I am none of those” (80). This leads me to believe that Florens has been involved in a sexual relationship, although I am not sure if the blacksmith is the other person involved in that relationship. And even if Florens has been in a sexual relationship with the blacksmith, that does not necessarily mean that he wants her for more than such.
While I think these statements are somewhat over-dramatic, I can see why Florens would desperately want someone to hold onto. She was taken from her mother so quickly that she is trying to find stability in a free man; for Florens, being “property” is seemingly unstable. Lina mentions that the blacksmith can marry whomever he wants–maybe Florens is trying to gain freedom in her desire for this man.
Either way, I am certainly infatuated with Florens’ infatuation. I’m excited (and a little worried) to see what becomes of it.