The marriage, as we learn through Murray, does not last very long and is further torpedoed by Eve's daughter Sylphid
, whose incessant attacks on Ira culminate in her success in persuading her mother to have an abortion.
Eve's spoiled 23-year-old daughter Sylphid hates Ira and bullies her mother into having an abortion.
The book is a wretched piece of hackwork and political propaganda, filled with lies, portraying Ira as a calculating monster and spy for the Russians, and Eve and Sylphid as heroic Americans protecting democracy.
It further takes as its central focus the poetic works for children by Irish novelist, poet, and biographer, Alicia Lefanu (1791-1867), which were published with John Harris and William and Mary Jane Godwin's Juvenile Library respectively: The Flowers; Or, the Sylphid Queen: A Fairy Tale in Verse (1809), and Rosara's Chain: or, the Choice of Life.
Eventually freed from her debilitating love-sickness, Almeria forms a much more equal and earnest relationship with the Sylphid King, Zelindor, and freely chooses to remain with him in the fairy realm and join him in his vocation as magic healer.
En tu caso, el hombre que nos entrega a Eve y Sylphid
es un enrage, un verdadero fanatico.
But her thralldom to the jealous Sylphid causes her to abort a baby Ira longs for, and her fury at his infidelities with a vulgar Polish masseuse will lead her to publish a ghostwritten tell-all, likewise called I Married a Communist, in which she fingers her own "Machiavellian" husband as the "ringleader of the underground Communist espionage unit committed to controlling American radio.
Only the loathsome Sylphid has some bite, using her harp to slice and dice.
5) The publication of The Sylphid with the autobiography, then, may well have been an editorial decision by Robinson's daughter, Maria Elizabeth.
Offering a kind of fantasy escape from personality, Robinson's Sylphid persona is a highly ambiguous and enormously risky invention, one that precariously tests the aesthetic boundaries between Augustan and Romantic standards of taste, the generic boundaries between satiric caricature and personal essay, as well as the gender boundaries between idealizing mythologies of the male poetical character (aligned with Mercury, Proteus, or in Keats's case the chameleon) and depreciating mythologies of the ever-changing, unsubstantial character of women in general.
For more on Robinson's revisionary practice, see Luther; Sharon Setzer, "Mary Robinson's Sylphid
Self: The End of Feminine Self-Fashioning," Philological Quarterly 75.
23) In The Rape of the Lock, the sylphs, sylphids
, fays, fairies, genii, elves, and daemons that Pope added to the five-canto version are themselves members of such "invisible Tribes of Animals," notable for their curious forms, particular structures, and rich colors: they are "Transparent Forms, too fine for mortal Sight," with "fluid bodies half dissolv'd in Light" and "Dipt in the richest Tincture of the Skies" (2.