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Girl Detective

The order of chapters was weird in order to play up the suspense of whether it was Lady D or not. BUT FINALLY, we've gotten to the spoilers I knew (George being a Rouncewell and the maid having killed T.) from that stupid cursed character list, so now I can talk about these, and see how the rest of the book plays out. Doesn't seem like life is long for Lady and Lord D. Maybe they're related to that cranky man in the chair, poor Krook's cousin, whose name I can't remember, but by gum I'm not going to look it up on a character list?

I liked this: "Mr. Bucket brings a chair, and diminishes his shadow" meaning, sits down.

Amy

Girl Detective, I think you're thinking of Smallweed. How could you forget him?? :-)

V

When those multistrand plot lines come together, they really come together. No wasted chapter there.

George's being a Rouncewell helped all those early sections seem a lot more pertinent. And finally wrapped two strands standing far apart together.

I wish Mr. Bucket was showing more of his work. The bad thing about the superperceptive detective is that it helps move the plot a lot more faster than expected.

Still, Lady Dedlock's fate dangles out there.

My apologies for sharing the character list if it provided too many spoilers.

Heideland

Superperceptive Detective = band name of the day

So. Much. Action. Highlighted several passages in my kindle edition, which for some reason allows me to post such snippets to fb or twitter but not simply cut 'n paste (WTH?!). I'll share my favorite, which I think speaks to Dickens' extraordinary range of knowledge. This in Ch. LIV, the arrest of the French maid, Hortense:

"Mr. Bucket gets her out, but he accomplishes that feat in a manner so peculiar to himself, enfolding and pervading her like a cloud, and hovering away with her as if he were a homely Jupiter and she the object of his affections."

By golly, if this is not a description of Correggio's "Jupiter and Io"! - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jupiter_and_Io Dickens knows his Renaissance art! Who knew!

I resisted reading further than our assigned chapters, despite being Very Worried about the fate of poor tragic Lady D. This cannot end well (though it may well end in a high classic tragic / melodramatic manner).

Miss T

Very worried about Lady D. and Sir D.

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