I shall obey you. –

My edition has a period followed by a dash. I’m not sure what that’s meant to signify – a strange interruption of self? Is it because the next sentence begins with “And”? (And if you’ve spent any time with my writing, you may have noticed this is one of my favorite grammar rules to break.)

Gertrude chooses to say, “I shall obey you.” in response to a request that seems softer than a command by virtue of its beginning with “Sweet Gertrude.” There are layers in “I shall obey you.” – a conceding to the request, if not the premise of the request somehow. It is a careful answering of one thing without addressing the other. It feels coded.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s