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John Fowles introduces the novel by giving an detailed description of the Cobb in Lyme Regis He introduces Sarah at this point describing her as a living memorial to the drowned a figure from myth In this setting we begin to form our own opinion of her character solitary by choice and independent yet melancholy at the same time We begin to associate Sarah with places of the outdoors for instance on Ware Common which becomes a regular meeting place for Charles and herself and of course as I have mentioned on the Cobb on which she waits for her lover The French Lieutenant to return We instantly associate these wild places with her character the darkness on the Cobb somehow in my opinion reflects the darkness in her soul and the erratic behaviour of the sea and the biting wind signifying the sharpness and dominance in her personality When we read about Sarah in Mrs Poulteneys house she always seems restrained and repressed in the indoors of the house whether it is in the sadness of reading the bible Hers was a very beautiful voice controlled and clear though always shaded with sorrow and often intense in feeling Chapter 9 Page 61 or in the way she seeks comfort and companionship from another equally as lonely maid called Millie They knew it was that warm silent co-presence in the darkness that mattered Chapter 19 Page 156 Ware Commons is another place which reminds us of her longing for solitude as she tells Mrs Poulteney That is why I go thereto be alone Chapter 12 Page 94 I wish for solitude Chapter 12 Page 95 So again we are reminded that Ware Commons is where Sarah seeks seclusion and we again wonder why she is such a solitary person and why she constantly seems so sad Later that night Sarah might have been seenstanding at the open window
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