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There were a fair amount of oh no they didn't moments in the final section. For example when dear ole Poppa Hale died so unexpectedly... well who saw that one coming? If Gaskell was trying to foreshadow, someone should have told her that foreshadowing usually involves pages and chapters prior...NOT a evening chat with your buddy talking about mortality and what will happen to dear ole Mags only to peacefully die in one's sleep THAT night.
Oh and Edith truly annoyed the snickers out of me. How I wanted to strangle her. I don't know what I was thinking earlier in the novel thinking she was so pleasant. Oh wait, now I remember. Edith barely talked in the beginning.
I know that there are some Mag haters out there, but I still think that she's a fairly self-aware, stoic lady who truly was the foundation in her family. Also, I loved how her character changed because of Milton's influence. And her last line? Actually Mr. Thorton AND Mag's last line - "That man."; "That woman". Heh.
But the ending??? As Mistress Fizz tweeted, "I kept trying to get my nook app to turn the page. So confused when nothing happened." It was all very anti-climatic. Especially because I wanted something SWOON-WORTHY. I realized that the end was in sight - two pages left and bit my lip in frustration because I knew that I'd have to eat some chocolate to fulfill my romantic urges. (That sounds a wee bit dirty, doesn't it?)
Favorite part? Ohemgee....roasted cat? Anyone? ROASTED CAT. It's like I felt as though The Stand and It merged in Gaskell's world.
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