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Girl Detective

I found this week's section to be wordy, with lots about the politics of Boodle & Co, and too little plot movement. It was a lot of people glowering at one another! And I think the end result is: Richard's a dupe, Tulkinghorn's got stuff on Guppy, Lady D, and Hortense, and for whatever reason, Tulkinghorn has shown Lady D his cards, but isn't ready to lay them on the table because of a sudden fit of what--conscience? doubt it--about Lord D.


Round up the usual suspects! Establishing motives seemed to be the main point of this week's section. Hope that isn't too much of a spoiler.

And Lady Dedlock certainly doesn't seem to be her usual self. Perhaps tearing down one emotional wall has made it that hard to maintain the others.

I read Tulkinghorn's very public statements to Lord Dedlock as his showing Lady Dedlock what he knows and how far he is willing to go, making him a great deal more of a threat than Guppy.

Amy, that section about the fire of the sun stood out to me as well, in the extended metaphor that weather serves to signal moods.

Miss T

I also loved the description of Vholes. But this section wore on me a bit. It was rather all over the place, and I was itching for him to move the story along.

Amy Rea

So it sounds like we were all in a bit of a reading funk after last week's Esther-Fest. I still try to wrap my mind around how I'd feel if I'd waited an agonizing month for the next installment, and then have it be a bit disappointing.

Miss T

It would be like waiting for the next season of Downton, and finding the first episode boring when it finally aired!!


Wasn't thrilled w/ this installment. Disturbed by Tulkinghorn threatening Lady Dedlock; primarily because his agenda is hidden. What is motivating him to expose her? Or blackmail her? Is he just nasty? Dickens' description of him at the start of Ch. 42 does a fine job at capturing his loathsomeness - "Like a dingy London bird among the birds at roost in these pleasant fields, where sheep are all made into parchment, the goats into wigs, and the pasture into chaff, the lawyer, smoke-dried and faded, dwelling among mankind but not consorting with them, aged without experience of genial youth, and so long used to make his cramped nest in holes and corners of human nature that he has forgotten its broader and better range, comes sauntering home." Thank jeebus we hear from dear Esther again next chapter.

Amy Rea

I liked that quote too, Heidi. Yes, the lack of motivation (at least to the reader) is troubling. I assume all will be made clear, but it can be maddening.

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