Shu at 22:59:48 5/10/98 from proxy-sec.showtower.com.tw
|In the begining, the second and third lines said " The sullen wind
was soon awake. It tore the elm-tops down for spite. " " For spite " is
a violent adjective. Actually wind can't hate anything by itself so there
are the inside feelings of the speaker. The speaker is unhappy and on a
bad mood. The speaker's lover, Porphria, was coming. Externally the man
said his lover shut the cold and the storm out and made the cottage warm,
actually she also expelled unhappiness and melancholy from his mind. There
mentioned many things about Porphyria's appearance; dripping cloak, and
shawl, soiled gloves, and damp hair. They showed how difficult that she
came to see him was. When Porphyria called the speaker, he didn't reply.
Probably because walking a long distance to see him, Porphyria became dirty
and humid and she was not " pure and good " enough to be his ideal lover.
The speaker sounded proud, but in fact, he was weaker than Porphyria. The
speaker fell in live with Porphyria in a party and they were in different
calsses; because of this reason, he had no confidence on this affection
despite she used her physical actions to show her love. But it might not
be real love. Also the speaker thought Porphyria's " too weak to set passion
free and to give herself to him "; in order to help her set her emotion
free, he killed her. He thought he helped her leave the dirty world to
make her pure and good.
I think the speaker was gone insane because after killing Porphyria, he is calm and steady and observed the body thoroughly; he also described the protrudent eyes and lids as " a shut bud holds a bee. " He had no regret for Porphyria's death even said God approve it.