Chapter

Love and Death

Nathaniel Deutsch

in The Maiden of Ludmir

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2003 | ISBN: 9780520231917
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520927971 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520231917.003.0007
Love and Death

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This chapter shows that Hannah Rochel eventually made a vow to remain unmarried in order to continue her traditionally male religious behavior into adulthood. However, she fell in love before making that fateful decision. Horodezky establishes an implicit link between Rochel's intense religious devotion and her passionate longing for her fiancé. Charles Raddock offers one of the most detailed and imaginative reconstructions of the Maiden of Ludmir's romance. After his wife's death, according to Raddock, Monesh Verbermacher informed his only child that she was now the woman of the house. Rochel briefly enjoyed an ideal romantic relationship that allowed her both to continue with her studies and religious devotion, and to engage in traditionally feminine activities. The Maiden of Ludmir's close relationship to her mother and her daily visits to the cemetery are important for another reason: they constitute the first example of her powerful, lifelong connection to other women.

Keywords: Hannah Rochel; love; death; religious devotion; Charles Raddock; Maiden of Ludmir; Monesh Verbermacher

Chapter.  6492 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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