March 31, 2005

Galatea 2.2, Part 2

This section of the novel dealt more with Richard's individual character than it did with the rapidly "learning" Implementations. Although in this short section Richard and Lentz expanded from Imp C to Imp G, the revelation that the most recent Imp can "dream" is not nearly as important as the unveiling of Richard's past with C. As we are shown more and more of C.'s mental instability, Richard and Lentz are learning more and more about their machine's learning processes. I can't help wondering if maybe Richard's unexplained desire to work on this project is brought about by his guilt from his relationship with C. Because he was unable to understand what she needed from him, he needs to understand what each Imp needs. That may also be why he felt such a connection to Imp A. That Implementation needed the most nurturing and coaxing, just as C. did. (yes, I know all the letters are confusing)

One character that I found very interesting was Diana. I had at first expected that she and Richard would begin a relationship and his memories of C. would parallel that - how wrong I was! While I think she's interested in Richard, he was immediately turned off by her really great children. I would love to have a son that liked to memorize facts from an almanac - think about how useful that could be! But no, Richard was intimidated by her children: "The mildest household drama, but it wiped me out. How could I survive the first real crisis?" Perhaps his attitude toward Diana and her children can also be related back to his disasterous relationship with C. Because he couldn't handle C's crises, he is now afraid to handle anyone else's. Just a thought.

I'm intrigued to see how this story wraps up - there are so many things that need to be addressed that it'll be interesting to see how Powers (the author) does it.

Posted by JohannaDreyfuss at March 31, 2005 01:23 PM | TrackBack

It's worse than a soap opera because you have to keep reading, even when your eyes will not stay open of their own accord. :)

Anyway, your look at the Diana household scene. Insightful. I did not think too much into his relationship crisis and how -he- couldn't deal with it; instead, I though C. kind of stepped away from the issues in their relationship--not him. Thanks for this; I am thinking differently of Richard already.

Posted by: Amanda at March 31, 2005 08:30 PM

I also noticed how immediately turned off Richard was by the small crisis with Diana's kids. To me he is a vry confused guy and really has some issues with understanding women in general. Not that even women can understand

Posted by: Denishia Salter at April 5, 2005 01:42 PM
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