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  1. Thread: Rostow

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    Rostow

    Isn't he a complete berk? Maybe over the course of the book he will mature, but at present I do not hold out much hope for him.
  2. Thread: The bear

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    The bear

    I was wondering about the incident with the bear, which got Dolokhov broken to the ranks. Aren't bears extremely dangerous? Don't they have big teeth and claws. Aren't they very, very strong? Perhaps...
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    In part 1 there was a chapter that was almost...

    In part 1 there was a chapter that was almost entirely in French. Two women were writing to each other. I am impressed by how fluent the Russian nobility were in French. I just think it is weird.
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  4. Thread: Was Tess damned?

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    In the second to last chapter Tess asks Angel if...

    In the second to last chapter Tess asks Angel if he thinks they will meet in the afterlife, and he refuses to say. Tess follows Angel's lead in everything.. This contrasted very much with the chapter...
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    I have started this. I was surprised to be...

    I have started this. I was surprised to be reading so much French. Luckily my French is up to, mostly.
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    I wasn't sure what magical realism was, but...

    I wasn't sure what magical realism was, but spoilers:

    In Tess of the d'Urbervilles there was an incident when the butter would not churn because someone in the room was in love, Tess. When Angel...
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    Was Thomas Hardy a magic realist?

    Would you say Thomas Hardy was a magic realist? I read Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who wrote magic realism. I suppose magic realism is where impossible things happen but all...
  8. Thread: Was Tess damned?

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    Was Tess damned?

    I worry about this. I think there are several hints she might be.

    In chapter XII a religious graffiti artist writes, "THY, DAMNATION, SLUMBERETH, NOT," on a stile.

    In chapter XXVI Reverend...
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    I think Hardy's father was a stonemason and his...

    I think Hardy's father was a stonemason and his mother was a domestic servant. Hardy trained to be an architect, before turning to writing.
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    I am re-reading the book. One of the things I...

    I am re-reading the book. One of the things I like about Hardy's books are his descriptions of agricultural work. Even when I do not completely understand what they are doing, I enjoy the...
  11. Thread: Tess re-read

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    More than half way through. I am a slow reader....

    More than half way through. I am a slow reader. One thing about Tess is there is not a lot of happiness in it. Most the happiness was in the phase 3, The Rally, in which Tess and Angel are getting to...
  12. Well, she does prostitute herself again later on,...

    Well, she does prostitute herself again later on, in desperation, when her family was evicted from their home and had nowhere to live and no money.
  13. Confusion as to why Angel reacted the way he did

    Thomas Hardy does not write what Tess told Angel on their wedding night, and it is sort of confusing why he reacted quite so badly. I think it has to be because Tess had a short affair with Alec...
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    I think Italian is really Tuscan, the language...

    I think Italian is really Tuscan, the language Dante Aligheri wrote in. I once watched a YouTube video of people speaking the different Italian dialects. I would have said they were different...
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    More Europeans speak German than French. French...

    More Europeans speak German than French. French used to be the lingua franca, and before that Latin, and before that ancient Greek. Or they could try Esperanto. I think France is usually the only...
  16. Thread: Tess re-read

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    Nearly half way through. Angel keeps pressing...

    Nearly half way through. Angel keeps pressing Tess to marry him. It is strange, knowing what comes next, to wonder what the first readers were anticipating at this point of the story. Angel seems...
  17. Thread: Tess re-read

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    I am enjoying my Tess re-read more than the first...

    I am enjoying my Tess re-read more than the first time around. The first time around I was distracted by all the rustic words, ecclesiastic and classical references. It is very well written.
  18. Thread: Clerical pay

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    Yes, but in Catholic countries those boys would...

    Yes, but in Catholic countries those boys would not be able to marry, which seems harsh.

    I need to read a book about this. I have often wondered what the clergy did. I think many of them were...
  19. Thread: Clerical pay

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    I wonder if I have been a bit hard on 19th...

    I wonder if I have been a bit hard on 19th century clergy. I have been inclined to regard it as a racket, a sort of parachute profession for the younger sons of landowners. However, there was not...
  20. Thread: Tess re-read

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    Not qualified to know how Hardy portrays the...

    Not qualified to know how Hardy portrays the female condition. I liked Eustacia Vye. I have not read Jude the Obscure. I saw the film version with Kate Winslet as Sue Brideshead, but I am not sure...
  21. Thread: Tess re-read

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    Tess re-read

    I am re-reading Tess, only I am reading the 1891 version, which is the first book edition. Hardy made quite a few changes to his books, quite a lot of them important. Anyway, my first impressions...
  22. Thread: Pickwick papers

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    Finished. To celebrate I ordered a bottle of...

    Finished. To celebrate I ordered a bottle of pineapple rum, Plantation Pineapple Stiggin's Fancy. Mr Stiggins was the non-conformist lay preacher who liked to help himself to Mrs Weller's pineapple...
  23. The link between Charles Dickens and Fanny Price (Jane Austen)

    Blinding insight: Charles Dickens was born in Portsmouth, 1812. His father was a clerk in the Admiralty. He earned 80 a year, but had a large family, so he was often short of money. Fanny Price, the...
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    Psychoanalysis of late, great authors

    One thing about Charles Dickens, more than any other author I can think of, was that he put so much of his own life into his books, that critics, academics and journalists have spent the 150 years...
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    When I read that statement by St Paul, he seemed...

    When I read that statement by St Paul, he seemed to contradict Jesus when he said whoever could not accept the kingdom of heaven like a little child will surely never enter it,

    I remembered the...
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