At the university's rectory one of the four reproductions of the Undoer
of Knots paintings that Bergoglio commissioned is located.
This is a story of escalation and depravity, and of a woman who is an undoer
7) Kristeva, I hasten to add, views abjection in largely positive terms, as the preserver of "the archaism of pre-objectal [and pre-oedipal] relationship" (10), as fundamental to all forms of the sacred and the aesthetic, and as a potentially revolutionary counter to phallocentric identity, indeed, as "an undoer
of narcissism and of all imaginary identity" (208).
Starr explains, "the victim adopts the ways of her undoer
and wields them even more ingeniously, extensively, and heartlessly" (369).
Moreover, de Man refers to Ricoeur's statement on Freud showing him as "the rhetorical undoer
and the hermeneutic recoverer of the self (de Man, "Self (Pygmalion)," p.
The over-all winner is thus Clara who has her brother returned to her, has his undoer
punished, and gains a prestigious (and after Sir Michael's death rather rich) husband whose actions she presumably controls completely.
Eve would suffer the misogynistic pronouncements of the third-century Christian Church: Cranach's Eve, Adam's sweet undoer
, standing by him in the covert forest, her fruitful body under the fruit-bearing tree, was reviled in the writings of such Apostolic Fathers as the rancorous Tertullian.