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Fingersmith Read-A-Long ~ Chapters 11 – 14

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Let’s get started talking about this week’s reading:

This past week did not go at all as I had planned. My time to read was limited and I wasn’t able to finish this week’s reading on time. I’m all caught up now. It sure was a section full of its twists and turns, wasn’t it? I confess to shedding a tear over Sue’s plight. Currently my sympathies lie squarely with her.

1) Maud may have escaped the asylum (at least from Sue’s perspective), but she certainly wasn’t free, was she? Were you surprised to discover who her next jailer would be?

2) We first experienced Mrs. Sucksby’s house at the beginning of the book. How if at all did your impressions of her home change from Sue’s departure to Maud’s arrival?

3) Knowing now who the true mastermind was behind the plot, has your feelings about Gentleman changed? Any guesses as to his future?

4) At the end of her journey into London looking for assistance, Maud ends up right back where she started. What were your thoughts on her escape from the Borough? Do you think she made the right choice when she opted to return to Mrs. Sucksby instead of the place her Uncle’s colleague sent her?

5) At the end of Chapter 13, Maud understands the fullness of Mrs. Sucksby’s plan. At that point, I thought back to all that I knew of Maud and wondered if it was nature or nurture that made her act so harshly to the lady’s maid Sue replaced at the beginning of the story. What are your thoughts?

6) As Chapter 14 returned the narrative to Sue and her incarceration at the asylum, I saw how similar Maud and Sue really are. Certainly they were both being held against their will, but they both were extremely sheltered. Maud was very knowledgeable about her Uncle’s manor and livelihood, but her knowledge there could not be used once she left his estate. Sue knew the ins and outs of the Borough, but she knew nothing outside of it. I had never thought of a thief as someone who could be naïve before. What are your thoughts now about the characters of Maud and Sue?

Thanks again for participating in this read-a-long with me. I can’t wait for next week when we’ll know who wins and loses in this dirty game!

2 Comments

  • At 2014.10.24 16:03, Susan/SC said:

    1) Maud may have escaped the asylum (at least from Sue’s perspective), but she certainly wasn’t free, was she? Were you surprised to discover who her next jailer would be? Yes, you would think I would be beyond being surprised but I did not anticipate them being back at Mrs. Sucksby’s house, although as they traveled, I figured it out.
    2) We first experienced Mrs. Sucksby’s house at the beginning of the book. How if at all did your impressions of her home change from Sue’s departure to Maud’s arrival? It felt more menacing the second time around. When I thought they were just a bunch of pick-pockets, I was more tolerant. Now they are messing with people’s lives, they seem more evil and especially Mrs. Sucksby seems mentally unstable.
    3) Knowing now who the true mastermind was behind the plot, has your feelings about Gentleman changed? Any guesses as to his future? I’m ready to see them all get rounded up and hauled off to jail leaving Sue and Maud free (and Dainty who seems a bit like the innocent bystander in all this because she seems slow).
    4) At the end of her journey into London looking for assistance, Maud ends up right back where she started. What were your thoughts on her escape from the Borough? Do you think she made the right choice when she opted to return to Mrs. Sucksby instead of the place her Uncle’s colleague sent her? Yes, as bad as Mrs. Sucksby’s house is, it is a known evil. I was relieved when she went back.
    5) At the end of Chapter 13, Maud understands the fullness of Mrs. Sucksby’s plan. At that point, I thought back to all that I knew of Maud and wondered if it was nature or nurture that made her act so harshly to the lady’s maid Sue replaced at the beginning of the story. What are your thoughts?
    6) As Chapter 14 returned the narrative to Sue and her incarceration at the asylum, I saw how similar Maud and Sue really are. Certainly they were both being held against their will, but they both were extremely sheltered. Maud was very knowledgeable about her Uncle’s manor and livelihood, but her knowledge there could not be used once she left his estate. Sue knew the ins and outs of the Borough, but she knew nothing outside of it. I had never thought of a thief as someone who could be naïve before. What are your thoughts now about the characters of Maud and Sue? still want to see them succeed!

    • At 2014.10.27 00:12, Literary Feline said:

      Yes, I agree. I really feel for Sue. What a nightmare for her!

      Oh my goodness, that Mrs. Sucksby! She’s one conniving and evil woman, isn’t she? I didn’t see her being behind it at all, but what a clever con. Horrible and retched and just goes to show how callous she and those around her are that they could do something like that. I agree with Susan in that I think Mrs. Sucksby seems mentally unstable. I can’t quite put my finger on it. It crossed my mind for a split second she’s lying about her own child dying and it’s really Maud, but that’s probably way off base.

      Mrs. Sucksby is definitely not who I thought she was from the beginning of the book. The home Susan grew up had its dysfunction in terms of criminals coming and going, but it seemed like a nice place just the same, if you know what I mean. Everyone respected and looked out for each other . . . When we come to the house again with Maud, it definitely seems more sinister, every man (or woman) out for themselves–the house even feels smaller to me, more confining. I have to wonder at Mrs. Sucksby’s patience. Wow. Waiting all those years to strike her fortune in this great big con. She seems to really want something from Maud, doesn’t she? Affection, love, gratitude?

      I still don’t think much of Gentleman. Like Susan, I would like to see everyone in that house get their just dues for what they’ve done. Also like Susan, I feel the same about Dainty in terms of not thinking she’s much too blame for what’s happened.

      I felt so sorry for Maud when she tried to escape and realized she really was all alone. I didn’t trust any of her uncles friends and so knew no good would come of her seeking out one of them. There was a part of me that thought she should have just gotten out of the cab at the first stop instead of going back to Mrs. Sucksby’s, but ultimately, I think she made the best of a bad decision.

      Both Maud and Sue are in awful predicaments and I can only hope they are able to come out of it okay. I can’t help but feel Sue’s situation is more hopeless (although I hope not!). I keep wanting to tell both women to just go along with it for now–the more they think you are on their side, the more freedoms you get. I don’t know that that would be the case for them though.

      I can’t wait to see what will happen next! (I don’t know that I will be done by Tuesday’s discussion, but I will try!)

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