Welcome to part 10 of our Great Expectations read along book club as we talk about chapters 30-34. And I'm joined again this week with Carol! Today's chapters we discuss whether or not a barrel of oysters was a good gift for Pip to give Joe, we scratch our heads over Pip's experience of Hamlet as played by Mr. Wopsle, talk about Pip's constant connections to convicts and prison imagery, and then we make ourselves sad as we think about who is controlling Pip's destiny and the effects it has on both Estella and Pip. It's not all tears though, so come on in, make yourself at home, and join in on the discussion!
01:50 What is love?… thoughts on love and discussion of Miss Havisham’s character and trauma that she is working through.
06:00 Part 19 Chapter 30 in which we get sidetracked talking about oysters… and somehow, I manage to reference A Christmas Carol. Twice.
17:45 Part 19 Chapter 31 - in which we go to the theater for a ham-fisted performance of Hamlet
23:47 Part 20 Chapter 32 - in which we visit a prison and Pip reflects on the large number of convicts connected to his life. Also I get sidetracked on trying to figure out what familiar ghost of a shadow that Pip is seeing in Estella. This might be an inconsequential thing but it’s nagging me.
31:06 Part 20 Chapter 33 - in which Pip and Estella talk and see London, and we make ourselves sad thinking about the line… "We have no choice, you and I, but to obey our instructions. We are not free to follow our own devices, you and I.”
42:00 Wrapping it Up
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April 11: Chapters 38-39 - End of Stage 2
April 18: Break and Catch up
April 25: Chapters 40-42
May 2: Chapters 43-46
May 9 : Chapters 47-50
May 16: Chapters 51-53
May 23: Chapters 54-56
May 30: Chapters 57-59