The Hollow -- Question about A Particular Scene (will contain "Spoilers")
Gerda said, "But you can't know… John wasn't-he wasn't-" She stood there, dumb and strangely pathetic. She raised her eyes suddenly to Henrietta's face. "It was all a lie --everything! All the things I thought he was! I saw his face when he followed that woman out that evening. Veronica Cray! I knew he'd cared for her, of course, years ago, before he married me, but I thought it was all over."
Henrietta said gently:
"But it was all over."
Gerda shook her head.
"No. She came there and pretended that she hadn't seen John for years but I saw John's face… He went out with her. I went up to bed. I lay there trying to read-I tried to read that detective story that John was reading. And John didn't come. And at last, I went out…"
Her eyes seemed to be turning inwards seeing the scene.
"It was moonlight. I went along the path to the swimming pool. There was a light in the pavilion. They were there --John and that woman…"
Henrietta made a faint sound.
Gerda's face had changed --it had none of its usual slightly vacant amiability. It was remorseless, implacable.
"I'd trusted John. I'd believed in him- as though he were God. I thought he was the noblest man in the world-I thought he was everything that was fine and noble… And it was all a lie! I was left with nothing-nothing at all. I-I'd worshipped John!"
Henrietta was gazing at her fascinated.
For here, before her eyes, was what she had guessed at and brought to life, carving it out of wood. Here was The Worshipper-blind devotion thrown back on itself, disillusioned-dangerous. …
Gerda said, "I couldn't bear it! I had to kill him! I had to --you do see that, Henrietta?"
But the question I have is when Gerda heads towards the pavilion and finds her husband there with Veronica Cray, what is that she sees in there that makes her decide to kill him? What is John and Veronica doing in there? In the film, the scriptwriter thought it appropriate to have John and Veronica in a "compromising, sensual" position and I don't think this is what Agatha Christie envisioned in her mind when Gerda saw them both in there.. . or did she? What do you think John Christow and Veronica Cray were doing? Agatha Christie doesn't go into any detail at all. All she says through Gerda's lips are: "It was moonlight. I went along the path to the swimming pool. There was a light in the pavilion. They were there --John and that woman." That's it. Anyways, it's a question that's been on my mind for quite some time now and I wanted to hear what you all think.