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In some ways the final scene in Good Morning Midnight is as much a contradiction in terms as the title Sasha has come to Paris for a two week holiday After spending the the novel avoiding feeling and close interaction Sasha ultimately accepts the advances of a gigolo she has befriended only to reject him at the moment of truth and sleep with the man next door whom she fears and hates In discussion of the final scene in GMM Coral Ann Howells states that She Sasha is approaching her deepest desire the desire for oblivion The white robed priest of an obscene half understood religion GMM p35 as Sasha had earlier described the man next door will be making love to a naked corpse like body in Sashas ultimate gesture of self-abandonment If we look at the first sentence of this quotation there is an undeniable truth Sashas desire for oblivion is evident in many ways she seems to move from drunken state to drunken state sometimes taking luminal on top of the alcohol On a number of occasions in her life she has considered killing herself convincing herself that it would be a softer option than living It was then that I had the bright idea of drinking myself to death I did try it tooDrink drink drinkAs soon as I sober up I start again GMM p 37 Despite the fact that suicide has been on Sashas mind in the past there has always been some excuse she has found to not do it When recalling her time in Paris before we find Sasha thinking After the first week I made my mind to kill myself - the usual whiff of chloroform Next week or next month or next year Ill kill myself But I might as well last out my months rent which has been paid up and my credit for breakfasts
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