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1. Chapter 6 begins with Richard chanting the mantra, "I want to go
home". How do you feel about Richard and his reactions at this point to
the unexpected adventure he finds himself on?
I see two things: a) Richard is still scared, uncertain, and not welcoming of this new life with open arms. He isn't seeing the potential or the good things about London Below; b) He is desiring to return to his old life because it is familiar, not because he has really great friends, an awesome girlfriend, and a kickass career waiting for him.
2. The Marquis de Carabas was even more mysterious and cagey during
the first part of this week's reading. What were your reactions to
him/thoughts about him as you followed his activities?
Is he playing everyone? How did he know where and when to meet with Croup and Vandemar? What is in that box he gave to Old Bailey? It's been years since I read this book, and some of the answers to these questions have faded.
I have to say the dude is playing everyone and doing it stylishly dressed. But I don't remember what his end goal is, so I am very curious about what is motivating him.
That scene with him and Croup and the T'ang Dynasty figurine was great.
3. How did you feel about the Ordeal of the Key?
Talk about Richard's inner doubts pulling out all the stops! But I think he faced those self-destructive demons in the end and made a decision to live and to live well. That quartz bead reminder was a nice touch to ground him in reality.
4. This section of the book is filled with moments. Small,
sometimes quite significant, moments that pass within a few pages but
stick with you. What are one or two of these that you haven't discussed
yet that stood out to you, or that you particularly enjoyed.
Hunter's dream sequence which is more of a memory concerning the 300 pound weasel that she slew. She then presented the hide to a special young lady who was appropriately grateful. Such a simple phrase - how was she grateful? Hmm.....
Also, Old Bailey telling punny jokes to his birds. That is funny in a pathetic kind of way. But I can relate, since I am very bad with telling jokes.
5. Any other things/ideas that you want to talk about from this section of the book?
Croup needs to take Vandemar to a buffet every once in a while.
That whole scene at the museum with Jessica and Mr. Stockton - I was really hoping that things would go wrong for Jessica some how because I felt that by things going right it would reinforce her self-centered traits (which isn't healthy).
Did the Atlanteans know how to make wine, or what?
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