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  1. Oct 2020
    1. He died in my arms

      Is it just me, or is the latter half of the novel substantially more somber that the former? The deaths of Lady Verinder, Ezra Jennings, and Godfrey Ablewhite are each pretty substantia blows, and feel as though they bring the novel into a much more serious tone.

    2. life had two sides to it

      It's interesting that Godfrey is the character now associated with duplicity when Franklin was the first character said to have multiple sides. Betteredge's discription of Franklin as having an English side, Italian side, German side etc. proved to be not really true when we got to follow Franklin's own narration, or at least not as true as Betteredge implied in his introduction. Meanwhile Godfrey was the goody two shoes boy for most of the book until we started to see some flaws with his engagement to Rachel.

    3. A rich old lady–highly respected at the Mothers’ Small-Clothes-Conversion-Society, and a great friend of Miss Clack’s (to whom she left nothing but a mourning ring)–had bequeathed to the admirable and meritorious Godfrey a legacy of five thousand pounds. After receiving this handsome addition to his own modest pecuniary resources, he had been heard to say that he felt the necessity of getting a little respite from his charitable labours, and that his doctor prescribed

      I am amused by Godfrey's increasing disrepute. It seems as though each narrative since Betteredge's has cast him in a worse and worse light, and in Franklin's he is shown pretty nakedly as a selfish money grubber, who uses some trivial charities exclusively for his own gain.

    4. The truth is, that women try marriage as a Refuge, far more numerously than they are willing to admit; and, what is more, they find that marriage has justified their confidence in it

      Does anyone have a positive view on marriage in this novel? I mean this screams nice guy energy.

  2. Sep 2020
    1. “I break the agreement, Rachel, every time I see you.”

      I don't know why, but Godfrey reminds me of Don Giovanni... which is probably not a good sign...

    2. Bring a chair, Godfrey. I like people to be opposite to me when I talk to them

      Interesting physical representation of the imbalance between them. Rachael says she likes to see people she talks with on her level, but the next line talks about how it doesn't suit Godfrey and it's to his disadvantage.

    3. and poor polite Mr. Godfrey had paid the penalty of

      Miss Clack seems to be trying to 'protect' Mr. Godfrey throughout the naration. Might this be an indication of something more relevant to the plot. Narrators are supposed to be interpreted as truthful according to Collins, which further enchances the confusion. Nevertheless, that doesn't nessesarily exclude the possibility of underplaying certain facts, which seems to be what is happening to me. Assuming that this is the case, it acts as a strong indication for Mr. Godfrey being somehow involved. So far Miss Clack is depicted as a figure of questionable morality. It would be interesting to see what role Mr. Godfrey has at the end of the story.