The variation Ondine is a more common name.
It also seems that she went out of her way to pick ugly family names for her girls from the provinces--not only Spragg, but Frusk.
: Thanks very much for the Franzen article. I
: enjoyed it, though like you, I can't say I
: sympathize at all with Undine.
: I have read Blooms Novels and Novelists, but
: had forgotten the anecdote about his class.
: I suppose that is where I got the idea that
: he considered TCotC her masterpiece.
: I hadnt' thought of the initials. I suppose
: you are right. I wanted to bring up this
: name. Why in the world did she choose it.
: Can anyone not consider it an ugly name?
: Ralph doesn't seem to; he says it's perfect
: for her. And I suppose I don't think it any
: uglier than Gudrun which appears in
: Lawrence's Women in Love and The Rainbow.
: Edith writes about the naming of characters
: in The Writing of Fiction, but I don't
: remember much of what she says, just that
: she sometimes suspects authors of filling in
: the names last.
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