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Jesse Foster-Stout Gives His Take on ‘Metropolitan’

Please take a read on this interesting article by Jesse Foster-Stout.

Only a handful of scholars have discussed Metropolitan, and even fewer have sounded its mystery.[1] The film implies its own “apparent inconsistencies” as a whole in Audrey’s reflections upon her would-be boyfriend.[2] To bring the puzzles of Metropolitan to light, we should focus, therefore, on Tom Townsend, who embodies the film’s very purposeful reserve.

Consider what Tom’s name portends. “Thomas” means “twin” in Aramaic. As we shall see, Tom is symbolically Nick’s twin. “Townsend” is a rare toponym indicating “residence at the extremity of a city,” and Tom indeed dwells on the far opposite end of Manhattan to his Upper Eastside friends.[3] But why was Tom’s ancestor surnamed relative to an urban center rather than after his character, say, or his profession?

Book Giveaway: ‘Love & Friendship: In Which Jane Austen’s Lady Susan Vernon Is Entirely Vindicated’

We are giving away a copy of Love & Friendship: In Which Jane Austen’s Lady Susan Vernon Is Entirely Vindicated. The entry should look exactly like this.

You must tag the @whitstillmanunofficialdotorg to officially enter. Meaning, the book must show up in the site instagram’s mentions page.

The winner may get a Kindle or hardcopy book, depending on your location. If for some reason a book can’t get to you do to price restrictions or geographical restrictions, we’ll work it out.

All you have to do to enter:

1.) Share the photo below on instagram,

2.) Enter with the hashtags below. *

3.) Plus, to be eligible, tag the unofficial whitstillman instagram page: @whitstillmanunofficialdotorg (the post must show up in our mentions to have a chance to win).

* Here are the hashtags to use:

#whitstillman #highlyironic #notromantic #ladysusanvindicated #ladysusan #janeausten #bookgiveaway

A winner will be chosen at random by May 9th.