1. What is the ending of this book that I boldly referred in my last post?
-As the Tony,Adrian and his fellow classmates debated about the definition of history in part 1, we all can agree that all the characters agree that history is an account of a person using only imperfect memories and inadequacies of documentation.Just like Robson suicide made the students to speculate what really happened,Adrian's suicide,the 'historical event' of this novel is left to the readers own speculation and interpretation based on what Tony remembers and what Veronica and Sara implied.So just like Robson suicide and other historical event, nothing can be proved unless with a testimony from the person involved which in this case quite impossible as Adrian is not alive or with the authentic documentation on what has happened(The diary).Unless Julian Barnes decide to write another book on Veronica's POV or publishing the fragments of the diary,like all historical events,we are left to assume and believe what might have happened.
2.What does Veronica meant by 'Blood Money?
-The right definition of 'Blood Money' is the money paid by the murderer to victims family as a act of penance.Veronica who sees her mom responsible for Adrian suicide refers the money Sarah left to Tony,Adrian's friend and most likely to be the last surviving kin of Adrian as blood money.
3.What does Adrian's mathematical equations meant?
b = s –v +/x a1
a2 + v + a1 x s = b?
Equation 2: Anthony who had a meanful relationship with Veronica, who started to date Adrian after breaking up with Tony, indirectly lead Adrian to have a more meanful or more important relationship with Sara which lead to the formation of a baby.
4.Why is Veronica still bitter towards Tony?
-Veronica who spent her younger life competing with her mother Sara who has a unhealthy jealousy toward her daughter had made Veronica a shy,complex person which Tony saw as paranoid and 'bitchy'.Did Veronica loved Tony?I reckon she did loved Tony which is why she brought him to meet her parents and left him alone with her mother that evening to see whether he will be seduced by her mother.Note that she became more affectionate with Tony only after that evening while the first day at her parents she rarely paid any attention towards Tony.Realising the relationship could be falling apart as she was refusing to have sex with Tony,she finally decides to have sex with him knowing that Tony really wants it.Again Tony saw this as a manipulative act and ended the relationship.This could be why she was bitter with him that he was so self centred and only thinks about himself.Another reason could be due to the fact that Tony's letter to Adrian started all the mess in her life.While she could not project her anger towards her death mother,the shows it to the last living person who has some share of this mess.
5.Did Tony actually slept with Mrs Ford?Why?
-I believe that Tony didn't sleep with Mrs Ford that morning.Why? you may ask.The only way its possible that Tony slept with Mrs Ford and didn't mentioned it was if he was lying or he has Alzheimer disease.I just don't see how one can forget having sex with their girlfriend's mum.It's not something one does often.So unless Tony is having some memory related sickness I would rule out the possibility he might have forgotten that he had sex with Sarah or unintentionally block the memory.So this leaves us with possibility of Tony lying to the readers but I would also rule this out.Yes,Tony is a unreliable narrator but that doesn't mean Tony could be lying to us.If you have read the book,Tony had admitted some stuff which a normal person might be shy to admit and taken responsibility for things that are not solely because of him.Tony boldly admitted that he had submitted to the course of time,giving up his ambition and for heaven's sake he admits that he is bad at sex!Him taking responsibility towards his friend suicide(which I felt wasn't his fault) also shows a side of a person that has a good moral.I just don't see why he would lie about sleeping with Sarah when he had admitted doing things worse than that.
6. Did Mrs Ford seduce Adrian?Why?
-Yes ,according to Tony and implied by Veronica.Adrian coming from a dysfunctional family,where his mother left his father clearly have some 'mummy issues' and as we read in the part 1 is a hyper sensitive man.This could be why Adrian was easily seduced by Sara when he was with the Fords.Sara on the other hand is implied to be a women who likes younger men and having affair which would explain her husband alcoholism battle.She seems to have this unhealthy jelaousy towards her daughter.Again this is my point of view as one can also argue that Sara could be a elderly woman in a loveless marriage and an alcoholic husband.Again as Julian Barnes states,history and memory is subjective.
7.How strange is Veronica's family?
-To some extent,we all can agree Veronica's family is quite weird.An alcoholic father,lustful mother,a complex sister and a brother who doesn't call his mother,mother.I reckon there is some more incestuous thing going on with the family than what have been told to the readers.I came to this conclusion because on how Tony out of a sudden claim Veronica is 'damaged' and implied that she and her father and brother could be having a incestuous relationship.I guess Tony subconsciously picked up the incestuous vibe during holiday with the Fords from Sara herself but was blinded with his good impression of her and again with his self centred attitude .There are many stances during the holidays implied that Sara was having incestuous relationship with her son Jack.For instance Jack referring his mother as 'The mother' and Jack suggesting to Veronica that 'The Mother' would not be happy with Veronica closeness with Tony.Another thing which made the family quite weird is due to the fact the whole family sort of know Sara's lust for young men, from the alcoholic father who keeps yelling about the young boys who used to work for them to Veronica who left her boyfriend to see whether he would succumb to her moves.Again this is just my interpretation as one could argue the possibility of Jack and Veronica not being Mr and Mrs Ford children as Tony did realise that both Veronica and Jack bear no resemblance towards their parents.
8.Why did Adrian decides to take his life?
-Adrian is described to be quite an intelligent man and always thinking ahead of him. Even though he was really happy with Sara, creating another life due to his weakness and lust made him guilty and he saw the responsibilities ahead him due to his mistake.Again its during the sixties where making your girlfriend pregnant is a very serious issue,so just imagine how serious is it to make your girlfriends mum pregnant.Him coming from a broken family saw how he had been the reason for wrecking another family and possibly creating a miserable life for the future baby growing up in a dysfunctional family.With all this responsibilities accumulating along with guilt and remorse,he decides to give back the gift of life which had been bestowed upon him.
9.What is the horizontal hand gesture by Mrs Ford meant?
-This is possibly the most puzzling question I had reading this novel as I couldn't actually visualise of this hand gesture is.The only thing I could grasped from the hand gesture is that is was a hand wave below the waist level.Knowing a bit about psychology ,I guess it was a way which could be intentionally or unintentionally way of Sara saying she is available for him.
So there you go.I have tried my best to explain the blurry part of this magnificent novel using my own speculation and interpretation.Again everything is subjective and everyone might have their own theory about what might have happened(which is the point that Julian Barnes tried to say in this novel).
So what do you think of this novel?Do you agree with my theory or have a theory of your own.Just leave whatever is in your mind in the comment section and we can discuss it.