Friday, September 20, 2013

Chains a read along, week 3

 Today is week 3 of our group read-a-long of Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson.  Please beware that the answers and questions could contain spoilers.
This week we read Chapters 25-36, and we hope you’ll leave your comments and/or answers to the questions after the post.
If you’re interested in reading our thoughts on the first 10 chapters, go here.  For Chapters 11-24, go here.

Grandfather at the water pump tells Isabel that she must find her River Jordan.  What do you think he means by that and what are your thoughts on what will be Isabel’s River Jordan?

I think the River Jordan that Grandfather is talking about is a personal peace, for Isabel. He's encouraging and the voice of reason, not anger.

 When the fire sweeps through Lady Seymour’s house, do you think Isabel’s actions to save her and her letters and portrait will be repaid later on with the promise of freedom?  Or do you think that Lady Seymour will end up being less influential in Isabel’s story?

I think with the fire Lady Seymour has now become dependent on her nephew and his horrid wife, not sure how much power she will have in Isabels freedom fight.  While I think Lady Seymour will be gratefull, I do think Isabel has not gained much in her quest.

 As we near the final section of the read-a-long, what are your impressions and how have they changed since the beginning?  Any theories about how it will end for Isabel?

I'm afraid for her, I think Mrs. Lockton is a B__tch and will stop at nothing, she'll not be grateful for Isabel saving her husband's aunt.  Things have gone from bad to worse for her around the house, and she's continually putting herself in danger by being associated with the rebels.

Thanks to the War Through the Generations Gals for hosting this read along.

On a personal note, I'm learning so much with the letter writing intros of each chapter, and loving the dates, helps to keep me in a time frame.  What a confusing time this must have been for the slaves, taking sides could have certainly been a life threatening decision, but then again, with Madam's like Mrs. Lockton, getting up in the morning was life threatening. 

1 comment:

Serena said...

I agree, this must have been a very confusing time for slaves and others. How do you know which side to be on or how to protect your family. Thanks so much for continuing to participate

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