“Paul swam in a sea of theories. Everything from the morning’s headlines to the license plates of buses had hidden significance. But Paul’s torrent of interpretations had something joyous to it. Buried patterns everywhere. It sounded, sometimes, almost like musicology.” – from ORFEO by Richard Powers
Further to my teasing out of the ‘Black Swan’ syndrome below with regard to Helen-Ashleigh, I make similar hopefully justifiable patterns in my gestalt real-time book reviews (The DFL Dreamcatchers)…
I had a sudden revelation during Friday’s Big Brother final night on Channel Five. Its historic double top place for women as embodied by Ashleigh-Helen has represented – throughout the whole season – a symbol of the Black Swan / White Swan syndrome in ‘Swan Lake’ as portrayed by the film ‘Black Swan’. Everything falls into place…including the above scene’s swan shapes.
“An angel’s face with the devil’s mouth.” – Emma Willis in interview with Helen – about Ashleigh.
“She did it, too.” – Helen (repeatedly when previously in secret room)
“So many differences, but in the end the same.” – Ashleigh in interview with Emma about both herself and Helen.
[See also my separate view of Winston Showan and Peter Quince.]