Six more chapters down! Even though at times it seems like nothing is happening, (as our host Amanda feels) I say that if you look closely, you may find that there really is stuff happening. For instance:
- A dead body is discovered! Did he kill himself on purpose or on accident? What's is story? Why was he nice to the vagrants in the street?
- There's a marriage proposal. Yes, our Esther has caught the eye of Mr. Guppy. But alas, she does not want it...
- .... and now we have a full fledged stalker! Mr. Guppy get a life!
- Ada and Richard are in love, which is not surprising at all. It seems especially sweet and sappy. Does this mean it's too good to be true?
- We learn about a family where abuse and neglect are the norm. What's their story?
- the dead body. I found it interesting how sad I am that we didn't get to know this person better. He seemed like he would have been a fascinating character, in a Heathcliff sort of way! (Healthcliff haters... shush!) But maybe there's more to his story than meets the eye.
- the bricklayer's family. Sad goings on there. Will we see them again? Perhaps.
- and then there's Mrs. Pardiggle and her family of boys, also abused. Will we see them again?
- that last sentence of our week's assignment regarding a handsome young surgeon. Is love in the future for Esther? I bet so. And I really hope it's NOT Mr. Jarndyce, Guardian Extraordinaire!
- Did you catch the look between Our Lady Dedlock and Mr. Tulkinghorn? Did they have something to do with the dead body?
Things that bug me:
- long chapters that seem to have nothing to do with the story.
- the relationship between Esther and Ada. Weird.
- TONS of characters to keep track of.
- bored rich old ladies.
Yes, this book is slow going at parts. But I'm still committed and will continue to give it a chance.