Welcome to my post for the Villette Read Along hosted by the wonderful Alice at The Reading Rambo. I am super excited to be a part of this read along, because I have read and enjoyed previous read along posts that Alice has hosted and I was always like “I need to join one.” So, this time, I did. And let me tell you, I’m enjoying the writing my discussion posts and finding fun gifs.
But as for the book, my first impression is this:
Seriously, though, what is going on? I’m sure I have missed some important facts from this book. But I really cannot wrap my head around what is going on in these first 5 chapters. First off, what is Charlotte’s deal on dancing? I feel like I’m living in the town of Bomont from Footloose. (Note to self: watch Footloose some time soon). I mean for a character to die of overexertion at a ball? To me, that just seems ridiculous.
But seriously, who doesn’t dance? (Besides Nick Miller, and even he dances in New Girl) I mean we all do it. Whether it’s a happy dance. Or you’re movin to the groove in the car. Or, anything really. We all dance behind closed doors. And to die from dancing is just absurd. That’s my own humble opinion. Thank you Charlotte Bronte for showing me my faults. 🙂
|Only Nick Miller (Jake Johnson) <3|
Secondly, what is going on with Polly? Okay, when she is introduced into the story, I thought a baby was coming to stay at the Bretton’s household. And in the scene she is being carried like a baby. Wrapped in a blanket like a baby (By the way did this actually happen? Or is my mind making things up, because this is totally how I pictured it as I was reading). And then out of nowhere she starts spitting these mature words out of her mouth. And then I was left questioning how old she really is. And it was until later that we find out that she’s 6! Seriously, 6!
And then Polly and Graham (who is 16 by the way) have this weird fascination with each other. And I’m all okay with a 10 year age difference with couples but not when they are mere babies themselves. Enter the disgust. And Graham starts trying to win Polly’s affection and I swear at one point he talks about how he has a pony that she can ride. (Please tell me that he actually meant a pony and not some dirty euphemism for his man parts). And they have this weird banter and I’m sitting there not only wondering to myself what the f*ck is happening but also like:
All-in-all, my favorite part of this book is the fact that it’s part of this read along. Maybe I’ll understand more once I read everyone else’s posts. Or maybe you guys can shed some light on this for me.
Let’s talk about it!
Have you read Villette? Were you as confused as I was at the beginning?