This passage from page 22 of the text includes George Talbot on the ship back to London, talking to a lady named Miss Morley. George is furious, passionate, and full of emotion because of Miss Morley talking about how she doubts whether her husband is still well. She also questions George’s laid back state of mind and confidence that nothing has gone wrong after three years. Although, it does not take long for George to change his mind completely and start to lose composure, sanity, and freak out to some degree. He screams and remarks at “what a fool” he is for paying attention to these thoughts, but also asks “why do you come and terrify me out of my senses” which shows that his mind is spoiled and he is no longer as hopeful about his wife being healthy and well (22).
This passage seems to be a turning point for George and for the novel, as dark ideas and thoughts have now entered the story and have become a reality. this passage also signifies a deeper layer of sadness and emotion when George starts to express his deep love for his wife. He said, “I am going straight home to the girl whose heart is as true as the light of heaven” (22). His references to heaven and a later reference to “tomorrow’s sunrise” in this passage touches also offers another connection to religion and nature. This language used by the author is expressed to display a strong sense of affection and confidence by George, but in reality, he is experiencing doubts and worries behind his words due to Miss Morley’s influence.
(George Talboys from Play ^)