Thursday, 4 December 2014
The Pickwick Papers Week 3: Chapters 24 - 35
Is anybody actually up to where we should be with this? I'm still way behind, although I have read at least a few of this weeks chapters which to be honest is bloody fantastic considering I've been studying like mad for my driving theory test (which I passed by the way, but to be honest I was ready to mock my own intelligence levels forever if I hadn't, so it's a bit of a relief!). I'm just past the bit where Sam visits his parents at the pub/hotel/couldn't quite decide what it is place, so yeah. Like, about nine chapters short of where I should be! I've left the book in the car so whether I get any more read tonight depends on my ability to be bothered to get up and go get it (and also on the speed with which I make button loops for a cardigan. So hmm)
I'm still quite enjoying it, but there's still lots more I feel a more pressing urge to pick up. I do kind of have to make myself read it to be honest, but I really like Sam Weller. His accent is a bit difficult at times but I love his readiness to rush in and defend Mr. Pickwick from whatever at any given time. I am getting a little bit annoyed with Mr. Pickwick's ability to get himself into stupid situations entirely without realising that he's pretty much responsible for them - I think Hanna said something similar last week, and the more I read the more annoying he gets. It's not a bit thing though, overall I'm still finding the characters pretty endearing and I like that familiar faces keep popping up from time to time.
I said to Rhys the other day that that whole thing we were mocking at the beginning of the readalong about how the novel's most noticeable for being a good study of the coaching houses of the period has actually turned out to be pretty interesting to be honest. Mostly because their coach journeys are way more interesting than any National Express trip I've ever taken!
I can't remember if it was this week or last week's chapters which I read this week, probably last, but honestly what were they doing letting Mr. Winkle near a gun again?? And how have they now been swindled twice by Mr. Jingle?! I'm very glad they've got even with him, to be honest I could do without him for the rest of the novel!
Come on, guys, we're more than half way through now, we can do this! *cheers*
*Picks up Charlotte and drags her through the next two weeks* :-p (sorry for victimizing you a bit Charlotte!)