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					   Antonia Susan Byatt
POSSESSION. A Romance
      Structure
INTRODUCTION
Nathaniel Hawthorne, The House of the Seven Gables
Robert Browning, from Mr. Sludge, “the Medium”



                CHAPTER I
                Quote: Randolph Henry ASH, The Garden of Proserpina
                September 1986 – London Library
                ROLAND MITCHELL 29, literary researcher, Ph. D. in
                Literature
                Researching R.H. ASH  Victorian Poet
                His boss: scholar James BLACKADDER – British
                Museum
                Roland is reading G. VICO‟s Principi di Scienza Nuova
                He finds two DRAFTS of a letter to an UNKNOWN LADY
                he met at Crabb ROBINSON‟s breakfast
                ROLAND steals the drafts and does not tell Blackadder
CHAPTER II
R. H. ASH, Ragnarök Nordic epic poem




               Mortimer Cropper – Trustee of the Stant
               Collection at Robert Dale Owen University, Harmon
               City, New Mexico. Curator of R.H. ASH‟s
               correspondence and memorabilia.

               Robert‟s sense of failure in his life with
               Val and their unhappy relationship

               Fergus Wolff – Roland’s departmental rival.

               Roland wonders who ASH was
               writing to in his drafts
CHAPTER III
R. H. ASH, Ragnarök III

                Roland at Bloomsbury: photocopies drafts
                Consultation of CRABB Robinson‟s diary

                June 1858  Ash met Miss La Motte and Miss Glover at
                   Crabb‟s breakfast

                Roland informs Blackadder of the existence of the two drafts

                From Blachadder Roland comes to know about:
                 Isadore La Motte‟s father wrote Mythologies (legend of
                   Brittainy)

                 Miss la Motte‟s and her writings

                 Ash‟s wife Ellen Best’s personal journal and Helpmeets, a
                  book about the wifes of great men


                 He knows about Christabel‟s The Fairy Melusina and
                  about MAUD at Lincoln‟s Women‟s Resources Centre
CHAPTER IV
Christabel La Motte, The Fairy Melusina

                 At LINCOLN Womens‟ Centre Roland visits
                 MAUD and learns about La Motte‟s family and
                 Christabel‟s life with Blanche Glover, an artist
                 who drowned in 1861.

                 After Blanche‟s death Christabel goes to live with
                 her sister Sophie. She no longer wrote poetry.

                 MAUD, a Bailey is tall, cold, perhaps hostile. She
                 only knows about a few letters kept by George
                 Bailey at Seal Court.
                 Roland shows Maud the letters he stole and she is
                 intrigued
CHAPTER V
Ash‟s The Incarcerated Sorceress


               Maud and Roland visit the area and see Seal
               Court and they vist La Motte’s grave in the
               nearabouts.The two are unvited at Seal Court .
               They mention Christabel.

               Maud and they notices the dolls remind her of
               the poem “Dolly keeps a secret”.
               They find the packet of letters in side the doll‟s
               cot. The letters are taken by Sir George the
               owner.

               Maud and Roland want to convince George to
               let them study the letters.
CHAPTER VI
Ash‟s The Great Collector

                    Cropper interest in having everthing from
                    ASH

                    Ash’s letter about the occult and spirit
                    communication

                    Hints at Ash’s wedding and honeymoon
                    at Fontaine de Valcluse, France.
                    Cropper believes EMBLA represents a
                    real womanin Ash’s life.
                    Cropper set a meeting with Miss
                    Beatrice Nest
CHAPTER VII
Christabel La Motte‟ s poems




               Miss Beatrice NEST is interested in Ellen
               Best Ash‟s papers

               Ellen wrote a journal. Roland reads it
               before Cropper

               Roland comes to know Maud and he can
               study Christabel‟s letters.
CHAPTER VIII
Christabel La Motte‟ s poems




              Maud and Roland read the letters in Sir
              George Bailey‟s library.
              They come to know La Motte is worried
              somebody might be seen by other people.
              The letters unveil the two poets’ interest in
              poetry, the difference between romance and
              novel.
              Leonora Stern visits the winter garden La
              Motte loved.
              Maud and Roland remain at Seals Court and
              Roland feels attracted to Maud
CHAPTER IX

                  Christabel La Motte‟s
                  The Treshold is quoted.



CHAPTER X

              Roland and Maud go on reading
                THE CORRESPONDENCE
             Ash sends Christabel a poem.
             Ash wants to write a poem about
             insect life.
CHAPTER XI
ASH„s Swammerdam




                     Swammerdam
                   The poem is quoted
CHAPTER XII
Christabel La Motte’s poem
             Maud and Roland have gone to Bethany in
             Richmond where Christabel lived.

             Maud starts suspecting that Ash was
             accompanied by La Motte in his journey to
             Yorkshire in 1859 during his natural history
             expedition. (Darwin’s influence)

             Reference to “HOB” in one of Ash’s letters to Ellen.
             The two researchers come across the same
             mention in Blanche‟s notes.
             Their meeting with Beatrice to review Ellen’s journal
             for June 1859.

             Ellen receives a strange letter from Blanche.
CHAPTER XIII
R. H. ASH, Ragnarök (extract)


                    Maud and Roland went to Yorkshire
                    seaside.
                    They read about their heroes and
                    come across a coincidence: they
                    both write about gloves.
                    They visit shops in the area and it
                    comes out Maud is wearing a jet hair
                    brooch by an artist: she has inherited
                    the brooch from Christabel.
CHAPTER XIV        Ash’s letter to Ellen. Maud
R. H. ASH, poem    and Roland go to Boggle
                   Hole.


CHAPTER XV
R. H. ASH, poem


                  The railway trip to Yorkshire
                  by Ash and La Motte:

                  Their stay
                  They love
                   Their walk to BOGGLE HOLE
 CHAPTER XVI
 C. La Motte, The Fairy Melusine

                       Quotation of the whole poem


CHAPTER XVII
                   Blackadder’s studies on Ash’s
                   Mummy Possest.
                   Fergus looks for Maud and Roland
                   and to Val.
                   Meeting Fergus and Cropper
CHAPTER XVIII
Christabel‟s poems about gloves

Christabel’s poem about gloves
Discovery of Christabel‟s stay in
   France
The value of their letters and George
   Bailey
Maud and Roland go to Brittany



                     CHAPTER XIX
                     Sabine‟s de Kercoz‟s City of Is

                  Maud and Roland are on a ship to France.
                  They read Sabine’s journal from October 1959
 CHAPTER XX
 Christabel‟s poem (about death?)

                 The meeting of spiritualists is at the centre of
                 attention. La Motte and Ash were present and Ash
                 asks Christabel where the child is.
                 BlacKadder wants to be sure all papers concerning the
                 Vitorian poets’correspondence remaiuns in England.

CHAPTER XXI
Ash‟s Mummy Possest


               Quotation of Mummy Possest
CHAPTER XXII

           Val and her new boyfriend are at the
           horse races .
           They are joined by Toby Byng and they
           discuss his involvement in the Ash-La
           Motte correspondence.

           Discussion of legal copyright and
           ownership problems.
CHAPTER XXIII



            Maud and Roland still in Brittany

            Their growing love relationship

            Discuss destiny of Christabel’s child.

            Leonora’s arrival at their hotel
CHAPTER XXIV



               They go back to Lincoln

               Meeting with Val, her boyfriend, and
               all others
               Discussion of how La Motte
               wanted all her books and
               copyright should go to Maia
               Thomasine Bailey .
               The letters belong to Maud.
               Beatrice Nest is worried about
               Cropper and Fergus
CHAPTER XXV
Ellen Ash’s Journal
               Ellen’s journal: the day of Ash’s death
               Mortimer Cropper knows in Ash‟s grave
               a box is hidden, the one laid by Ellen
               Christabel letter to Ash: she wanted it
               to be given to him
               Mention to Ash‟s visit to Brittany and
               his meeting with Sabine
               Ellen recalls her failed attempts at sex
               with her husband
               Ellen places the unopened letter into
               Ash’s grave.
CHAPTER XXVI
Ash‟s Garden of Proserpina

    •Roland is given a job offer from Hong Kong,
    Amsterdam and Barcelona.
    •Blackadder sends him a generous letter


           CHAPTER XXVII
           Ash‟s poem
            The grave robbery by Cropper
            He is caught by Roland, Maud, leonora, Blackadder and Nest.
            Maud wants to learn the end of the story
            From the unopened letter Ash is described as a flaming
            presence causing Christabel to catch fire
THE POSTSCRIPT


             Meeting between
             Ash and May on a
               hot May day

				
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