The first part of the three parts of the book opens as she waits in her dressing room until it is time for her to perform. She checks her make-up in the mirror that she hates to face, then goes off to perform, no longer anxious, but confident and controlled. She more formally meets him again after a private engagement arranged by his brother. Maxime visits her; she acknowledges that she has an admirer, but nothing more. Now she must decide between Maxime and her career, as she recognizes that she cannot allow him to accompany her and is not yet ready to give up the wandering life, which somehow suits her. She then lies, promising to give herself to Maxime, but not until the tour is over.
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If there is a more honest exposition, a more sincere appraisal, of the narrative we live when not consumed by mundane distractions, I look forward to your recommendations. In an existential sense, this is a novel about nature and desire, surrender and choice.
But forget the philosophical superimposition, the existential battyfang is reductionist. The Vagabond is simultaneously primal and detached.
When all is said and done, you go to ground because who you are is constructed from where you come from. Obviously, you just have to read it. More than once. Will she give up her job that enables her to provide for herself and do the things she wants, though the hours are long and the work difficult, for what? Having already experienced love gone wrong she is skeptical of loving someone again but is quickly reminded of how wonderful it can be.
On one side is a good man who does love her and would allow her to live comfortably forever, and on the other is the pride of having her own life and her own work but being alone. Colette does an excellent job of making the reader, at different times, want both of these lives for her.
La vagabonde; roman par Colette Willy