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Why did Strike go to Robin's wedding?
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10/01/2017 - 12:31 am

Actually, around the time of the trip north, (and her split from Matthew) things shift for Robin, I think, but maybe that's because she's in a susceptible state.

First, her reaction when Strike tells her he's off to meet Elin after not showing up for his date the night before; second, the image she gas in her mind of Elin, the bedsheets, and Elin and Strike in them; third, exactly what Robin is thinking in the hotel room, then the way she tells herself, "don't be ridiculous". By this point she knows she's attracted to him too.

And Strike himself knows things ate complicated. Just listen to his internal monologue on p205

I love the last paragraph of the CoE. The signs are there: seeing Strike is the only time she has smiled on her own wedding day, and Matthew's face is stony.

I think these novels have two ongoing themes:

1. the rehabilitation of Strike, a man damaged by the circumstances of his birth, his childhood, his relationships and his mother's death. He is so used to women behaving in particular ways, and Robin is strange to him. But she may be the means of some kind of rescue, a way of coming to terms with all sorts of things, but I think most obviously Charlotte, even though he is resisting it.

2. The reawakening of Robin Ellacott. After her rape, she has buried her own ambitions. She gave up on the path she wanted to take. She followed her boyfriend to London, and was prepared to subsume herself. Now, suddenly, there is another chance: a chance to do the thing she wanted, a chance to be the person she wanted to be before her life changed.

I think both of these things are heavily entwined. I think they need each to get to where they want to be. Just how they need each other is rather less clear, but I think the sexual tension between them is going to get ramped up significantly in book 4.

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10/26/2017 - 10:11 pm

illuminatus said
Actually, around the time of the trip north, (and her split from Matthew) things shift for Robin, I think, but maybe that's because she's in a susceptible state.

First, her reaction when Strike tells her he's off to meet Elin after not showing up for his date the night before; second, the image she gas in her mind of Elin, the bedsheets, and Elin and Strike in them; third, exactly what Robin is thinking in the hotel room, then the way she tells herself, "don't be ridiculous". By this point she knows she's attracted to him too.

And Strike himself knows things ate complicated. Just listen to his internal monologue on p205

I love the last paragraph of the CoE. The signs are there: seeing Strike is the only time she has smiled on her own wedding day, and Matthew's face is stony.

I think these novels have two ongoing themes:

1. the rehabilitation of Strike, a man damaged by the circumstances of his birth, his childhood, his relationships and his mother's death. He is so used to women behaving in particular ways, and Robin is strange to him. But she may be the means of some kind of rescue, a way of coming to terms with all sorts of things, but I think most obviously Charlotte, even though he is resisting it.

2. The reawakening of Robin Ellacott. After her rape, she has buried her own ambitions. She gave up on the path she wanted to take. She followed her boyfriend to London, and was prepared to subsume herself. Now, suddenly, there is another chance: a chance to do the thing she wanted, a chance to be the person she wanted to be before her life changed.

I think both of these things are heavily entwined. I think they need each to get to where they want to be. Just how they need each other is rather less clear, but I think the sexual tension between them is going to get ramped up significantly in book 4.  

You know I love your posts you always seem to say what I think!!!
I think Robin definitely knows she's attracted to him but is trying to tell herself she doesn't. Doesn't she even think about filing something Cormoran said, to think about later?!

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11/22/2017 - 10:29 am

Just noticed that at the end of 'The Silkworm' Rowling uses a quote from the play 'Endymion'. This is the Chapter when he visits Robin at her flat to give her the Christmas present of the surveillance course. In the play, Endymion is in love with Cynthia, a queen, and is known in Greek mythology as Selene, Goddess of the Moon. However, Cynthia is unattainable to Endymion and which he regrets, in much the same way, Strike feels safer making Robin seem unattainable due to her relationship with Matthew.

In 'Career of Evil' Chapter 40's quote is from the Blue Oyster Cult's song "Searchin' for Celine' and this is the point at which Strike struggles with his disappointment that Robin has reconciled with Matthew.

So there does seem to be a parallel between Cormoran and Robin and these two mythological lovers.

The character of Tellus (Charlotte?), a goddess of earth, loves Endymion and is jealous of his feelings for Cynthia, in an act of vengeance she bewitches him so he will love Tellus and so weakening his love for Cynthia. Strike does say Charlotte has an appetite for revenge.

Also, Endymion says that the moon represents change and Robin is certainly on a path of transformation.

In mythology Selene and Endymion fall in love. Whereas in the play Endymion tells Cynthia that he feels the most affection for her but not romantically. If this continues to be a source of Strike and Robin's relationship, all signs point towards the ending of the myth.

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11/22/2017 - 6:39 pm

great observations, irnbrugirl!

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