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Time Traveler’s Wife ? 3

December 5, 2006

Although Henry does the time traveling, Clare is equally impacted. How does she cope with his journeys and does she ultimately accept them?

Oh, and I just realized that I have been spelling Traveler incorrectly in the title of the last two posts. My bad.

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  1. December 6, 2006 12:24 am

    On the surface, she appears very patient with Henry’s time travel. The further the story goes along, you see that when she meets him in real time, it becomes more of an issue for her. He is now part of her day to day life, and he is not always there when she needs him to be. Yes, she copes well with it (gathering up his clothing after he disappears/ making love to a younger Henry while sleeping next to present day Henry), but she worries about him while he’s gone, wondering if he’s okay and when he’ll come back. Even though she begins to enjoy her alone time, the fear of what will happen to Henry never really fades away.

  2. December 6, 2006 8:45 am

    I think the list of dates that Henry gives her when she is younger helps her cope with the time travel before they meet in present day. She knows when to look for him. I agree with Carrie, it gets more difficult once he is a part of her every day life. The worry is hard and being alone when she needs support.

  3. Wendy permalink
    December 6, 2006 9:29 am

    I thought it was interesting that at the beginning of the book Clare compared waiting for Henry to the wait that the wives of men who went to sea endured. I think she did accept it, but she also felt lonely, worried, and at times, I think, she resented it. But because she loved him, she endured it.

  4. December 6, 2006 10:43 am

    I think she was worried and upset about Henry’s time travel. Not knowing when or in what state he would appear really added to her stress.

  5. December 6, 2006 11:30 am

    I found the time travel to be much harder on Clare. She got to know Henry and fall in love with him from childhood. From 6 years old, she knew this man, came to love him, lost her virginity to him, married him, lost children and raised a child with him, but then, suddenly, she had to live the rest of her life without him.
    Henry didn’t know Clare until he was 28 and then he had her until he died. I would much rather be the one leaving than the person left behind.

  6. December 8, 2006 11:45 am

    I agree with everyone else’s comments on this. Clare was much more of a passive character, waiting basically her entire life for Henry. Even when he finally begs her in that letter not to wait for him, I got the sense that that’s what she did, spending the next forty years or so just waiting for him to come back. In that respect, I found the book’s title to be a very apt description – that was her role in the book. Henry was the action, the instigator and she was the reactor.

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