The Final Mist begins in a very symbolic way: The protagonist has just married Daniel, and they arrive at the hacienda during a storm, the rain and the cold functioning as metaphors for their loveless marriage. From this first night, the protagonist’s life is tinged by loneliness and frustration. She wanders through the woods, bitterly anguished by the fact that her life has no purpose and her body is aging without experiencing real love. The image of the young girl lying dead among artificial flowers in a house surrounded by heavy mist becomes, in the novel, the objective correlative of the protagonist’s own existence.
One day, Regina, her husband, and her lover come to visit, and the protagonist compares her barren life with Regina’s, who becomes a symbol of passion, music, and vitality. From this point on, the protagonist’s existential dilemma is symbolized by the dual oppositions of life (sound, light, fire, water, earth) and death (silence, darkness, coldness, deadly mist). One foggy night she leaves the house and encounters a mysterious young man who takes her to a house and makes love to her. The eroticism of this scene is highly symbolic as she feels, for the first time, that her life has a true meaning. Because of the surrealistic presentation of this encounter, the reader does not know if the lover really exists or if instead he is a product of her feverish mind. Reality and dreams merge in an ambiguous counterpoint between the...
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