Analysis on Modernism and Literary Impressionism

Donatella Petri, Anna Richardson
2009 School of Doctoral Studies   unpublished
A comprehensive analysis of the structure and texture of the beginning of literary impressionism based on two works of Ford The plot of The Good Soldier is deceptively simple. It tells the story of two couples, one English and one American, who meet at a spa in Germany. Edward, the English male half, suffers from a heart condition, as does Florence, the female American. The two couples quickly form a friendship that endures for several years. Eventually, however, it is revealed that during this
more » ... time, Florence and Edward have been carrying on an affair. Leonora, the English wife, knows about the affair all along, but the narrator of the novel-John Dowell, the American husband-does not find out until much later. It is only upon the death of both the adulterers that more about their affair is revealed, putting John in the unwitting position of a sort of detective.