William Faulkner doesn't shrink from some obvious metaphors in the names he gives to characters. This is a good thing, because his novels are so gothic and complicated and layered and unpunctuated that we need SOMETHING to be obvious. Rosa Coldfield is one of the two narrators in Absalom, Absalom, a 65-year-old "widowed virgin" who in one unparalleled monologue reflects bitterly upon her "summer of wistaria," when she was 14 and fell in love only to be jilted. Her story is more complicated and tragic than those words can reveal, involving adolescent blooming, miscegenation, Greek tragedy, the legacy of slavery, notions of female hysteria.
Rosa Coldfield, at once a flower frozen in its first bloom and a field made barren by bitterness. I love her twisted reminiscence so much that I turned it into a dramatic monologue when I was an actor and wrote about it in my book on writing, Sin and Syntax (http://www.sinandsyntax.com/). You can read it, too, courtesy of Google Books: http://bit.ly/ctsQOW.
Causes Constance Hale Supports
Intellectual Property Protection, Environmentalism, Income Equality Worldwide, End to Racism