We're at the halfway point of the Vanity Fair readalong. Theoretically we're all at Chapter 34 and we've met sweet little Becky Sharp and even sweeter Amelia Sedley. We've been to Brighton and meet about a million Crawleys and now we're in the midst of Waterloo (actually the battle is over). Miss Crawley has taken a dis/liking to Becky who has stolen Rawdon's heart...and some of his goodies which she's sewn into her dress just in case. Even though we're halfway through the book, I have a feeling that things are just starting to heat up. And just in case there weren't enough Crawleys, we've just been introduced to more!
So, as promised...my very rough draft of the Crawley Family Tree. Very rough. As in I scrawled this on a piece of paper and held it up while Scott scanned it with his iphone. But you should be able to enlarge the graphic by clicking on it. I have only included unions and bebes up to Chapter 34.
How would you like for your name to be Grizzel? Ya--me neither. Or your surname Sheepshanks? Ha!!
At this halfway point, I'll leave you with a few of my random thoughts, a few random questions, and then please feel free to link up your midway post if you have one (no obligation...) and please feel free to discuss in the comments. If you are past Chapter 34, please try to avoid spoilers beyond that point.
Few Random Thoughts
--I'm loving the narrator and his quirky little sidenotes and tidbits.the social commentary on public and private life.
--Becky is a piece of work. Though I have to say it's tough for me to get Reese Witherspoon out of my head!
--George Osborne is a jerk and poor Dobbin...oh poor Dobbin.
--Why are there so many Crawleys!!
--It's hard not to picture old spinster Miss Crawley as Violet Grantham from Downton Abbey, huh?
Few Random Questions
--How does Vanity Fair compare to your preconceived notions of the book?
--Who is your favorite character? Your favorite Crawley? (kidding). Least Favorite?
--Is Becky terribly conniving or terrifically clever?
--At this halfway point do you see any redeemable characters in the mix?
--Most shocking moment of the story so far?
If you happened to write a midway post, please link it below:
Looking forward to the second half! Don't forget to check in again with Melissa on the 15th!
(oh, and happy March. I'm personally thrilled February is behind us)