Miss Julie Irony

Miss Julie Irony

“Good” capital

Julie and Jean are going to escape after they spend the night together, since they are confident that this contact is a source of great shame. Their plans seem acceptable enough, but there is one question – for such a great undertaking a large capital is necessary, has Jean that? As Jean affirms, he has “his regular occupation, his unusual experience and his knowledge of different languages – that is capital.” However, his hopes are ironical, because he even will not be able “to buy a railway ticket” with his poverty.

Awful woman

As Jean claims, Miss Julie has “a great deal of pride about some things – but not enough about others!” Miss Julie does not “take much care of her appearance either. She is not refined.” She even pulls the forester from Anna’s side and asks him to dance with her. People would not do things that way. Nevertheless, when the highborn wish to unbend, they become vulgar. Jean’s judgments are ironic because, despite the way he describes Julie, he begins to feel the attraction to her.

The traitor’s indecision

At the beginning of the book, Jean admires Kristin. He affirms that Kristin “is a pretty, smart girl and she ought to make a good wife.” However, he turns out to be a lying scoundrel. The irony is based on the fact that Jean begins to be unfaithful to Kristin, despite all his claims that Kristina is his wonderful bride. Jean is just a hypocrite.

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