Fair travelers, journey to the master post if thou art lost.
This past week, two readers-along have finished the bookand at least one has run into a roadblock (or lack thereof – see Read the North’s thought provoking post). I know that most of you are trucking along, like me, but between work, travel, and being an unfit person at a fitness conference, I’m phoning it in on this update. Please, talk amongst yourselves, or read on for my super short recap.
Basically, Mr. Harrel makes good on this threat to off himself, and, being Mr. Harrel, does it in such a way as to cause the maximum trouble and heartbreak for his wife and friends. It really was shocking. I didn’t see it coming at all.
We had some comic relief in the awful, would-be matchmaking of Mrs. Belfield, and the wig-flipping antics of Mr. Briggs. Morty continues with the hot and cold routine. And as usual, our girl Cecilia is subject to rumours, proposals, and scheming for her hand.
We meet Lady Honoria, who is a force in the next book. A would-be (or will-be?) rivalry with Miss Belfield is introduced, but seems to go nowhere.
An important bit at the end: Mr. Monckton kindly pays the massive debt Cecilia took on for the Harrels. I am seriously displeased that Cecilia is now indebted to slimy Mr. Monckton. I expect he intends to collect in more ways that one.