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- Wuthering Expectations - finished reading and found it a surprisingly funny book
First off, I have to correct my original post in which I said this book has 27 chapters. Not sure where I got that from, but there are actually only 16 chapters. Now that we've got that cleared up ...
This quote, found in the very first chapter, made me laugh out loud and let me know that I was in for a real treat with this book:
When Mrs Forrester, for instance, gave a party in her baby-house of a dwelling, and the little maiden disturbed the ladies on the sofa by a request that she might get the tea-tray out from underneath, everyone took this novel proceeding as the most natural thing in the world, and talked on about household forms and ceremonies as if we all believed that our hostess had a regular servants’ hall, second table, with housekeeper and steward, instead of the one little charity-school maiden, whose short ruddy arms could never have been strong enough to carry the tray upstairs, if she had not been assisted in private by her mistress, who now sat in state, pretending not to know what cakes were sent up, though she knew, and we knew, and she knew that we knew, and we knew that she knew that we knew, she had been busy all the morning making tea-bread and sponge-cakes.[That line reminded me of one of my favorite movies, Under the Tuscan Sun, the part where they're talking about the "creepy Italian trees": "it's like they know, and they know that we know that they know ...." That part of the movie always makes me laugh too.]
Then there was the story of what happened to Captain Brown because of his love of the Pickwick Papers - "poor, dear, infatuated man!" as Miss Jenkyns says. And Mrs. Forrester's adventure with her cat and her precious lace - HA!
The humor in this book is bubbling right under the surface and I just love it.
At the same time there are some parts that pull at my heartstrings. Do you remember the part where Miss Matty is burning all her old letters? My Gram and Grandpa exchanged love letters during WWII. As a teen, my mom found and read them and said they were absolutely beautiful. Gram caught her reading them though, and she was so embarrassed that she burned every letter. Doesn't that make you want to cry?! I would love to have those letters now, to be able to know my grandparents as they were when they were young. Reading about the burning of the letters in CRANFORD brought that story to mind immediately.
Those are my thoughts up to this point - I can't wait to see what each of you think about the book so far.