Comment 2 of 2, added on April 12th, 2007 at 3:22 AM.
Georgine is a role that I'm currently preparing to play in a workshop
performance of "Spoon River Anthology". As commentary on the character of
the woman, and in response to the one other comment posted, Georgine is not
MEANT to be strong. She is meant to be a woman duped by the institution
she found herself in. She was literally the mistress to every man she
truly encountered. She never knew where she stood in a relationship. When
the one man she was ready to commit to told her that he would rather simply
keep her as his mistress, she finally decided that she'd had enough and
would ruin his reputation. However, his refusal to leave with her stripped
away her delusion of love and relationship and forced her to realize that,
as the final line states it, she was only ever "A harlot in body and soul."
Who would not wish they had simply been shot? Who would not wish that
they could have died before realizing such a thing about themself?
Camille from United States
Comment 1 of 2, added on November 9th, 2005 at 12:20 AM.
I don't understand why Georgine would wish herself dead at the end of the
poem if she is really such a strong, free-loving, radical feminist.
Moira from Canada