Elective Affinities; Short Essay - Answer Key

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Short Essay Questions Key

1. Why does Charlotte object to Eduard's proposal of bringing the Captain to live at their estate?

Charlotte objects to Eduard's proposal of bringing the Captain to live at their estate because she feels the continuity of the household will be disrupted, along with her and Eduard's immediate plans for their future together. Charlotte reminds Eduard of the trials they have endured together regarding their early separation, and later their reunion and marriage, and the pleasures they enjoy in being alone together.

2. Describe Eduard's character, as the narrator paints it early in the novel.

Eduard is accustomed to getting what he wants because he has been indulged and spoiled all his life. He is persuasive in his arguments and prefers to let "chance" be the decider of difficult choices, rather than face the prospect of conflict. He has a tendency to be obstinate.

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