Quick note about this week’s conversation: I am having a dental procedure this afternoon. I’m not scared of dentists as a rule, but this will involve a scalpel and stitches. I also, knowing it was a mistake before I even typed the first letter, Googled the procedure. Let’s just say that I’m more than a little nervous about it. I’m not sure how I’ll be feeling, but I’ll do my best to answer my own questions and respond to your comments before and after the procedure. Please forgive me if I’m a bit more active on Wednesday, though.
Oh, and I’ll be working on the bookmarks while I recover. 🙂
Spoiler Alert: This post and any comments left on this post may contain spoilers from Chapters 1 – 5 of Fingersmith. For those who have read ahead of the schedule, please do not include any information about what happens beyond Chapter 5.
Let’s get started with some questions from this week’s reading:
1. What were your first impressions of Susan and the world in which she grew up? Was she prepared for her first outside of London? Could she have possibly had any other life?
2. Gentleman. I have had trouble framing a question about him that doesn’t lead to hearing what I want to hear (Ha!). Instead, what are your predictions for Gentleman’s future. Will he be successful or will he live up to his moniker?
3. What kind of an impression do you think Sue made on the staff when she arrived? Do you think she’s fully made amends?
4. What do you think is Mr. Lilly’s back story? Why is he so obsessed with his book? Does he really care about Maud?
5. Speaking of Maud, what were your initial impressions of her? What’s up with the gloves and her weird night issues? Do you think that is all to do with her Uncle? Based on her portrayal thus far, do you think we’d consider her anorexic?
6. As Susan comes to know Maud, her opinion on Maud’s feelings toward Gentleman change. When, if at all, do you think she was right? What is it that Maud really wants?
7. Susan began having second thoughts about Gentleman’s plans early on. Do you think her apprehension was solely do to her growing feelings for Maud? Why do you think she developed the feelings that she did for her? Do you think Maud’s feelings are as strong as Susan’s or is she just clinging to the person who feels the most safe to her in comparison to her life with her Uncle?
8. What are your feelings about the book thus far? What are you most curious about? Do you think this story bodes well for any of the characters?