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Not just you. For ending as much with a bang, killing Barkis and finally having Emily run off, it relayed the action in such a secondhand way, which really lends some irony to the novel's opening. And the first two chapters even more so. Perhaps it's the different eras? At more than 400 pages in, I did expect some more action and to have Davy farther along. Perhaps the unmasking of Steerorth and Emily will help. (Does that explain Steerforth's servant showing up at Davy's door?) Although I was struck by Barkis' fine final words: Barkis is willin'.

Kristin Boldon

I really enjoyed this segment, but perhaps because I let myself finish Possession and then read Davy's chapters before I started the next book, so it stood on its own? I laughed aloud several times in ch's 28 and 29, and was glad when all the foreshadowing of Emily and Steerforth came to pass. This week's segment reminded me of what I liked about Bleak House, the combo of clever phrases, funny stuff and dramatic stuff. For example, from the get go:

"Until the day arrived on which I was to entertain my newly found old friends, I lived principally on Dora and coffee."


"Yet, his very elbows, when he had his back towards me, seemed to teem with the expression of his fixed opinion that I was extremely young."

I'm pretty sure Dickens said Davy was his favorite, not his best. Very different things, those.

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