North & South RAL #3
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Wanna know what I'm finding to be a certain theme with reading N&S? I put off reading the book only to quickly devour the chapters that are assigned for the week when I do. Like this weekend. There I was on twitter, totally and completely exasperated because I hadn't read ANYTHING this past week INCLUDING North and South. Sure, I knew that I had to schedule a post, but looky here it was Saturday night and I just didn't have the attention span to open up any book.
BUT then today came around and I sought out some motivation and whatdyaknow, I finish the blasted section in record time.
I don't, HOWEVER, have many thoughts on this section although it WAS drama-filled.
There were TWO deaths! And some swooning. Aaaaaand some impropriety.
Impropriety is a biggie here in the 18th century isn't it? I think that I would have had a letter H for Hussy tatted on my forehead had I lived in those times. I mean, Mags is already a pretty fierce female inasmuch as she'll speak her mind, lay it into the opposition, and just overall do her own thing. And yet questions of HER decency and innocence get called into action for escorting a man (unbeknownst to others as her brother) to a bus. Poor Mags. Reputation aside, you did good by your brother. Secretly, I enjoy all of this proper-ness. I believe it's because I'm hardly ever proper and often have foot in mouth syndrome.
Let's go back to the two deaths. Um, totally expected Mamma Hale, but Boucher? I don't get the drowning in a stream. That takes some dedication to lay face down in shallow water. It's like Virginia Woolf putting heavy rocks in her coat jacket and walking into the stream. What is up with that?
There was some shop talk in this section as well. After Boucher's death he left six children and an ill wife so Bessy's pop stepped up to plate which is all very community fuzzies. Whatevs.
I'll be interested in seeing how this whole shabang wraps up. Does bro move back with his young wifey? Does Poppa Hale grow some cahones and stop allowing Mags to soothe and protect his ego? Will Mr. Thornton realize that Mags just might be into him? Ohhh and can Mags and Mrs. Thornton have ONE good ole' cat fight before the obvs romantic get together. And just for giggles can Dixon take care of Mr. Thornton's ninny of a sister?
That is all people. That is all.