Mon 23 Oct 2006
Part 2 of Umbertina is mainly focused on Marguerite’s Love Affair with Massimo. in my opinion Marguerite never figured out who she is which in turn made her become a women full of doupts about herself and everything which surrounded her. Her marrige to Alberto is clearly seen as a relationship which is filled with longing for change. As seen on page 266 for her “it was better to have the best of both worlds, to devide herself between Alberto and [Massimo], to satisfy her both, diversely could give her.” To her Massimo was the physical aspect of the relationship while Alberto was the security blanket which she could always fall back on. When she starts her affair with Massimo she just sees him to talk about his book but as it progresses he confesses to her that they share a special bond which should be explored and not ignored. They become intimitally involved and thus see more and more of eachother. Marguerite finds herself addicted to the physical aspect of Massimo while also staying married to Alberto. In chapter 22 on page 265 her thoughts about both Massimo and Alberto change. “It had been her mistake to think that Alberto was negative; now she realized that he had a disposition toward life, a Franciscan grace, that was free from the ambitions and pressures of the closed, defensive Massimo.” this clearly demonstates that her view of Massimo changed drastically while she realized that Alberto was not the “bad guy” that she saw him as.
While i was reading the one thing that came to mind was “you always want what you can have” because Marguerite had a loving husband who loves her but she still felt like she needed to recieve more physical attention from another man. Once she “got” Massimo she gave her affair expectation which only complicated things. So i feel that if she has not wanted what she could not have then she would have been a far better person.