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The Lifted Veil Essay | Critical Essay #3

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Critical Essay #3

Latimer's instant fixation on Bertha as an object of his adoration is thus due both to the fact that she is the only person whose inner soul remains a mystery to him, and because he associates her with images of nature. Latimer describes Bertha, upon his first introduction to her, as if she had emerged directly from the world of nature: "The pale-green dress, and the green leaves that seemed to form a border about her pale blond hair, made me think of a water-Nixie, —for my mind was full of German lyrics, and this pale, fatale-eyed woman, with the green weeds, looked like a birth from some cold sedgy-stream, the daughter of an aged river." In describing Bertha on their wedding day, Latimer again describes her in terms of nature imagery, which is also endowed with a spiritual element: "Bertha, in her white silk dress and...

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