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October 20, 2020 | Montreal Dickens Fellowship

Montreal Dickens Fellowship
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October 20, 2020

After the movie, we had a brief discussion of the book and the movie.

Louise commented on the excellent sets and we all commented on the darkness of these chapters and how well they were represented in the film. The expression “The wind is in the east”, was clarified by Judith who explained that the east wind came from the northeast of Britain and was often very cold or polar and was known to be very uncomfortable. Tony asked which character was worse: Mrs. Jellyby or Mrs. Pardiggle? and an ensuing comparison was made in which it was concluded that they were both awful parents. Participants commented on how hateful Mr. Skimpole is with his irresponsibility as a parent as well. Nemo was generally very well liked and it was thought that he died too young.

Mr. Jarndyce was universally well liked, even loved by some, and Ellie commented on the genius of Dickens who instills in us such intense likes and dislikes about characters so soon into the novel. He really has us hooked and we care very much about the fate of the characters we have met so far.

A comment was made about Dickens’s choice of names and how they were so well adapted to their owners.

The question arose about how, Mr. Jarndyce could be Esther’s self-appointed guardian and Judith explained how lax the laws were about guardianship then.

Our meeting went 15 minutes over the expected time. Participants were eager to share their thoughts about both the film and the book. I apologize that we did not have time for more discussion.

Our next meeting is Tuesday, Nov.3, 1-3:00 P.M. We will continue our discussion of Chapters 1-10, the film and Chapters 11-20. During the second hour, we will be watching Episode #2 of the film. (I will send the link after our next meeting). I will be working on making sure we have plenty of time for discussion at our next meeting.

Thanks to all for helping to keep up our learning, fun and warm camaraderie during this difficult time.

Yours in Fellowship,