But Major Pettigrew is a little different. Well, a lot different once you get to know him. From my review:
"There was so much more to the Major than I expected. I expected some sort of repressed "Right-o, carry on then" kind of bore. To paraphrase another character, the Major isn't bad for an old git. I laughed so many times at his dry one-liners. They were made all the funnier because he mostly said them around people who completely missed them. One wouldn't want to seem impolite, now would one? He has definite ideas about Proper Behavior and the Right Thing to Do, but he's also flexible enough to pursue a relationship with a Pakistani woman. He sees past their obvious differences, ignores all the idiots blabbing on tv about relations with the Middle East, and sees through to the beautiful kindred spirit within. He's also got a big streak of the Knight in Shining Armor."
There are a few things that saved him. First of all, I think he just fell into the military more because it was expected of him as the eldest son of a soldier. I don't think he was truly temperamentally suited to the army life. After he left the army, he became an English teacher at a boys' school. A reader. Don't we all love men who read?
|I pictured the Major as Peter O'Toole|
So now I'm pondering a few things. I think the Major only grudgingly went along with her at times. So I wonder what happened after he lost her to change his response? Was he trying to live up to her memory? Had he resisted some of her ideas out of sheer habit and/or contrariness? Did it just take losing her to open his eyes to the many ways that she was right? I don't know, but I'm glad that he turned out the way he did.
The Major turned out to be a charmer. Even though this particular story would never have happened if she had still been around, I wish that I had gotten to read a little more about Nancy as well. She seems like someone that I would love to read more about.
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