Kind One/The Tempest

Sometime like apes that mow and chatter at me

And after bite me,//

Sometime am I

All wound with adders who with cloven tongues

Do hiss me into madness//

But they’ll nor pinch

Fright me with urchin-shows, pitch me i’ the mire,

Nor lead me, like a firebrand, in the dark//

but for every trifle are they set upon me//

Here; swear then how thou escapedst.

What are excerpts from “The Tempest” doing in Kind One? Although I have only slightly delved into the novel it appears to me that Laird Hunt has created an interesting and multifaceted tale of revenge. Ginny Lancaster is the perfect example of a revenge character, at least within what I have read. Her abusive and sexually transgressive husband Linus Lancaster is a catalyst for the abuse she inflicts upon Cleome and Zinnia as his abuse to her leads her to do the same to others as a questionable form of revenge. “They helped me but I never helped them” Ginny states on page 24. The inclusion of pieces from “The Tempest” indicates that my suspicions may be true, and lead me to believe that this novel aims to take a closer look at how revenge may tangle with time (as time is an obvious device in the novel).

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