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Fingersmith Read-A-Long ~ Chapters 6 – 10

Cover of FingersmithSpoiler Alert: This post and any comments left on this post may contain spoilers from Chapters 1 – 10 of Fingersmith. For those who have read ahead of the schedule, please do not include any information about what happens beyond Chapter 10.

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

This week I am almost 100% myself. Thank you so much for your good wishes. I didn’t get much of anything done since my surgery, but I was able to complete the reading for this week.  OMG! I couldn’t believe how it worked out to split the book like I did. I picked a specific number of chapters to best evenly distribute the pages to be read each week. I didn’t notice that there were parts and I’m actually glad that I didn’t. It made this week’s reading fascinating (at least for me).

1) How did you react to what happened after the trio left for Maud and Mr. Rivers’ wedding?

1) Mr. Lilly. He makes Gentleman look like a peach in comparison. Could you have ever imagined Maud’s true fate?

2) Knowing about their intimacy first from Sue’s perspective, how did you feel about it from Maud’s perspective?

3)As they both entered into their relationship with the express purpose to betray each other, are they both getting what they deserve with Sue in the mental institution and Maud without the first person to truly mean anything to her since she was brought to her Uncle’s manor?

4) Now we know that Gentleman plotted with both women against each other. What do you think his ultimate plans are? Do you think he will be honorable with Maud? Do you think they consummated their marriage?

5) What are you most looking forward to in the next section of our reading?

6) Is there anything you’d like to discuss that I’ve missed? If so, leave a comment and I’ll add that question here.

Thanks again for participating in my read-a-long. I loved your comments from last week. It’s so much fun reading this with other people. I’m not as far along with the bookmarks as I’d like to be, but I’ve got a couple of weeks left to unveil them. I hope they’ll make a great keepsake. 🙂

3 Comments

  • At 2014.10.14 20:12, Jennifer said:

    1) There is no way I should be surprised, but I was very much surprised by the turn of events that happened to Sue. It never crossed my mind that there was a double cross involved. I was shocked for her and it felt delicious to me as a reader. It opened up so many other possibilities for the rest of the book. Until that point I was mainly considering whether or not Sue would rescue Maud or in some other way make up for betraying her.

    2) Knowing now who Maud was and how she was raised by her Uncle, I actually began to feel sorry for Sue. She was completely out of her element and much more naive than I had originally gave her credit for. I wondered for a little while what would have happened if they met without Gentleman’s interference, but I’m positive that Maud would have been ugly to her.

    3) Both Sue and Maud are responsible for their own choices, but the men in their lives set them up for the ugly situation in which they found themselves. I think they both need to learn a lesson, but I hope that Mr. Lilly and Gentleman pay in the process.

    4) I am very curious to see if Maud and Gentleman consummated their marriage. Either way, I have a feeling that Gentleman has no intentions of splitting anything with Maud.

    5) I am hoping that Gentleman gets his comeuppance in the next section, but I have a feeling he’s still riding the crest of his plan. I just hope that Sue wasn’t writing her story from the mental institution. I truthfully hope that she doesn’t end up there.

    • At 2014.10.14 22:06, Susan/SC said:

      1) How did you react to what happened after the trio left for Maud and Mr. Rivers’ wedding? I was gobsmacked, didn’t see that coming at all! I was imagining Susan and Maud somehow living happily ever after – which might still happen if there is a triple-cross!
      1) Mr. Lilly. He makes Gentleman look like a peach in comparison. Could you have ever imagined Maud’s true fate? I has assumed some sort of crazy but never imagined absolutely twisted. He is really a despicable character and all his friends are too – yuck, yuck, yuck.
      2) Knowing about their intimacy first from Sue’s perspective, how did you feel about it from Maud’s perspective? Everything is tarnished but I just wonder if Maud will have a change of heart and really start to care for Sue.
      3)As they both entered into their relationship with the express purpose to betray each other, are they both getting what they deserve with Sue in the mental institution and Maud without the first person to truly mean anything to her since she was brought to her Uncle’s manor?I think Sue is in a worse spot. As long as Maud is free, she very well may turn on Gentleman and harm him next.
      4) Now we know that Gentleman plotted with both women against each other. What do you think his ultimate plans are? Do you think he will be honorable with Maud? Do you think they consummated their marriage? What is to stop him now from killing Maud and just taking all of the money? I hadn’t given any thought to whether or not they had consummated the marriage. The same way I didn’t give much thought to Mr. Lilly in the first section of the book – see how that oversight turned out!
      5) What are you most looking forward to in the next section of our reading? I was dying to read ahead but didn’t dare because then I knew when I came to answer the questions it would be too hard not to have my responses slanted by the next section. I can’t wait to find out if Sue and Maud somehow turn the tables on Gentleman and end up together!

      • At 2014.10.26 00:23, Literary Feline said:

        I am a little behind, I’m afraid. Trying to play catch up this weekend as best I can!

        I am so glad to hear you are doing better, Jennifer. Only three weeks until my surgery. I admit I am trying not to think too much about it. But so much to do before then! I am not sure what state I will be in after or for how long. 🙁

        I have to say I wondered if you planned the reading weeks exactly so. It does seem to have worked out perfectly. I am still loving this book. What a shock chapter 11 was! It had crossed my mind at one point that maybe Sue would be the one to end up in the mental hospital, but I quickly dismissed the idea for other ones. What a delicious but nasty twist. Poor Sue. I thought for sure Maud was a victim.

        At the start of Maud’s narrative, I didn’t like her much. She’s mean and vindictive. It’s really no wonder given how she was raised, in an institution for her early years and then abused by her uncle and his staff. It doesn’t excuse the meanness–lots of people who went through what she did aren’t as cruel. Still, as the story progresses, when the gentleman enters the picture, I can’t help but feel sorry for her, at least in a small way because I see how he manipulates the people in his life to get what he wants (I even wondered if the Gentleman was working a third plan, a back up, with the uncle). I see why both she and Sue were taken with the plan and how stuck they were in the middle of it when it came time to carrying it out. I just hate that neither woman shared their feelings and thoughts with each other. The outcome could have turned out so differently.

        At this point in the story, I favor Sue above Maud–she seems even more naive and innocent than in the chapters she narrated, doesn’t she? Maud, I have mixed feelings about. Her cruel side is so off putting, you know? She really isn’t a nice person. And yet . . . I can’t help but think she might still have a chance at changing if in a different environment and around the right people.

        Mr. Lilly . . . Oh what a horrible person he is. Sick, sick, sick. I do not like him at all. It’s funny the second question is worded the way it is because I did come to think a little more kindly of the Gentleman for his desire to help Maud out of her situation. Mind you, I know his motives were strictly selfish and pure greed, and knowing what he was about to do to Sue, well, I hate him still. But there was a moment I wondered if he didn’t have a small sliver of a heart anyway. Yet, truly, I doubt he does. I can’t help but think he’s got something more up his sleeve and will double cross Maud as well.

        I imagine Maud never had the love of a mother or the care and kindness Sue took with her. Is it any wonder Maud warmed to Sue? Of course, had it not been for the plan, I don’t think Maud would have given Sue a chance to be nice to her. I can also see how their relationship could develop into something more. I appreciated Waters’ giving us both women’s viewpoints. It made the conflicting emotions of both women all the more clear in each of their narratives, why they struggled so. Darn that Gentleman for getting in the way!

        I hate the idea of either woman being in a mental institution. I don’t think either deserves to be in one, although neither are innocent of wrong doing. They both made their own choices. Being institutionalized seems so severe a punishment though. I do think the guiltiest parties though were the men in their lives–the Gentleman and Mr. Lilly, particularly for Maud. I want to see them get their just reward in the end.

        I have no idea where the story will go from here. I have never read Waters before and do not know if she’s inclined toward melancholy endings or happy ones. And after the last big twist, my brain has stopped jumping ahead and guessing what might happen next. LOL I guess a part of me is hoping Maud will try to rescue Sue or maybe Sue will escape and seek revenge on the Gentleman.

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