Only a man could have such an uncomprehending view of what someone as hapless as Nina had gone through and was going through. Uneducated, not-overly-bright, small-town girl in the late s from a profoundly dysfunctional and largely absent family. No one to advise her, and no options. Purvis and her utter inability to devise a feasible plan to free herself from him and become an independent person. Ernie had eyes for her the minute he met her.
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Only a man could have such an uncomprehending view of what someone as hapless as Nina had gone through and was going through. Uneducated, not-overly-bright, small-town girl in the late s from a profoundly dysfunctional and largely absent family. No one to advise her, and no options.
Purvis and her utter inability to devise a feasible plan to free herself from him and become an independent person. Ernie had eyes for her the minute he met her.
He was a grown man, not married, not in a relationship and Nina was an adult herself. Nothing to fault Nina with in that relationship, as Ernie himself states. The Nina-Purvis Pervert relationship is certainly much more twisted. But I think there is definitely much to ponder here - is Nina the victim or is the student? How does Mr Purvis get her back - is Ernie gone to work when he arrives? And what kind of hold over her does he have that she must leave with him for surely he is too old and weak to actually abduct her.
Maybe has something to do with her children? And usually if we had thought deeper that "wordly" more experienced friend is that way be of some deeper scar such as Nina who has nothing and does what she does to survive. And of course Ernie is a victim too - one can imagine his whole world, his whole psyche ripped apart by this.
Great story - I love short stories and especially Alice Munro.
Wenlock Edge by Alice Munro: Summary & Analysis
Save Story Save this story for later. My mother had a bachelor cousin a good deal younger than her, who used to visit us on the farm every summer. He brought along his mother, Aunt Nell Botts. His own name was Ernie Botts.
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These addresses do not actually exist in London, Ontario. But readers are left to imagine the residences of Mr. Purvis and Ernie Botts, the homes which served as university residences, and the old Chelsea restaurant on Dundas Street. A brick bungalow with a tiny front yard, an arched living-room window with an upper pane of coloured glass. Cramped and genteel.
The narrator also has a standing dinner with a cousin, Ernie Botts, who lives in the same city. The action of the story starts when the narrator and Nina meet. Nina has a troubled past and now, a controlling and older lover she calls Mr. Purvis has agreed to let her have the college experience but is also having her followed by his employee, Mrs. They arrive at the city library, where they run into Ernie, who offers to drive the girls home. When they make it back home, Mrs.
Wenlock Edge followed a college student, living as a tenant in the attic of an old house, and her new roommate, Nina, a young girl with a terrible past. A series of unfortunate affairs, Nina told the narrator, had led to her making an arrangement with a certain Mr. The old gentleman had arranged for Nina to attend college like any other girl on the weekdays and the spend the weekends with him. Nina seemed sincerely grateful to the man, until the narrator noticed that she rarely wrote in her college notebooks and had a black car tailing her at all times. One weekend when Nina was supposed to visit Mr. Purvis, she fell ill and instead, convinced the narrator to accompany him for dinner. That night, at Mr.