Note: This thread will be edited as the study continues with respect to chapter V.
Question: In part V of chapter V, why does the author have Mlle. Labyadkin tell "Shatushka" a number of stories (which are actually, for the most part, nothing more than dreams)? What is the significance of these dreams and why are they being told? Are they to be reflections to be used later in the book, or is she reflecting into the past?
As with the other chapters of this novel,, I will most likely re-read it for comprehension purposes. This novel is somewhat difficult to follow and fully understand because the author constantly inter-changed the Russian names for the characters. It will behoove most readers to follow suit, as the book is certainly not an easy one to understand during the first reading. Examples of this problem are mentioned throughout these threads and with respect to the next thread, next chapter and the following chapter, for those of you whom are following.
I am finding this novel to be extremely interesting and I enjoin others (for those of you who may also be reading the book) to come aboard with us and discuss the novel. We want to dissect it. There is one issue that concerns me at this point: it is supposed to be a politically-based novel, but thus far, I see only minute examples of politics within the text, and therefore, I am assuming that Nicholas, who is the main character of the book, comes out from behind his "mask" and shows his true self in the next section(s).