Richard Belshaw sings ringingly as the love-rat pro-consul Pollione, Katherine Cooper shows immense promise (she might well turn to Wagner) as his seducee
Adalgisa, and as his previous seducee
, mother to his two children, and Druid priestess, Sarah Helsby-Hughes is simply outstanding as the eponymous Norma.
" is convenient but sounds absurd, while "victim" suggests that the person seduced is merely passive.
To identify reader as seducer and writer as seducee inverts conventional constructions of agency and passivity, production and consumption, femininity and masculinity, and of the sexual experience that is the ubiquitous analogy for all of these and more.
Baudrillard contends that the seducer identifies in the seducee signs of vulnerability and of attraction, then incorporates those signs into her own image and reflects them back to the writer.
It remains the seducer's choice, however, to accept or reject the seducee's interpolating call, to read herself in the terms offered by the writer.
Alison is a seducee
, or, preferably, in Bremond's terms a beneficiary of Nicholas's seduction and a potential victim from her point of view of Absolon's attempted seduction.
Don Juan on Halsted the other of the two new scripts, also champions the seducee
over the seducer, but with very different results.