Bix wrote:I agree that there is a very strong impression given that Vianne was kidnapped and that she perhaps doesn't really want to know the truth. I found this whole plotline to be jarringly out of place, for some reason. I guess the idea that her mother was truly running for criminal reasons somehow changed everything I thought about Vianne and her mother. To introduce at that late point in the story both the possibility of criminal wrongdoing and the idea that her mother suffered other "delusions" just didn't work for me, although for others it may have added a better explanation of why they were so adamantly on the run.
I agree, Bix. I know when we discussed "Inamorata," a lot of us complained about the loose threads, the unresolved issues, and this strikes me as similar. Was she, or wasn't she?
But as you say, that conflict was jarring because it was introduced too late, and with too little foreshadowing, for it to add to the plot.