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May 19, 2014

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oh, wait up! I need to get the book, first! Don't know if I can get it in the library today, maybe, we'll see. If not, I'll have to read on the ipad & I don't know if I like that idea (never having done it). Sometimes I wish I had a kindle. I really REALLY want to read this with you!

if I order from Amazon it'll be here in two days... so I guess maybe I'll wait until Thursday if I don't have time to stop by the library today, OK?

I love, love, love Bleak House! And I've come around to being a fan of Esther, too, but only since I've decided she is a totally unreliable narrator (but only because she is trying so hard to be who she wants to be). The way he writes her, so we can feel her pain and ambivalence when she is so strenuously denying them, is so effective (like mother, like daughter). Cannot see Ada as anything other than a drip, or a plot device. Still on the fence about Mrs J--he makes her so awful (Peepy's head on the stairs! her blithe indifference to Caddy's misery!), I'm not sure we're invited to sympathize with her work (isn't her emigration plan meant to be silly?). She's exhibit A in his case for taking care of what's close to you and working out from there. As public policy, it seems shortsighted, but as a way to live…Esther makes a pretty good case for it, I think! A character I've come to really like is Sir Leicester--he is certainly standing in for a way of life Dickens sees as outmoded and deservedly vanishing…but he is granted a kind of honor and integrity we're meant to admire, even as we giggle at his pretension. What do you think about John Jarndyce?

Nicole, I like John Jarndyce! And you?

Lilian, I bet you can get it for free on your iPad and read the first few chapters that way. If you hate it, you don't have to keep going.

OK, I'm on board with the Bleak House Gang as well...recently started but will keep at it. (Ha: "The butterflies are free. Mankind will surely not deny to Harold Skimpole what it concedes to the butterflies!")

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