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Old 03-07-2010, 10:48 AM   #11
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I love this discussion of what type of a person you would be during the 1600s. I'd like to think that I'd be born into the priviledged class, but know the likelihood of that happening is very slim. I'm very attracted to that lifestyle though; who isn't? I love the concept of dressing up everyday, having servants, a large mansion, etc. I also adore this time period's clothing especially those for women. Ahh, a girl can dream.

Originally Posted by ScubaD View Post
I noticed that right off too. I am thinking the author is attempting to develop an attitude of this character as being "better" than others. This governor, on a "god-forsaken" island, where the smells are wretched as soon as you leave the mansion wants to be more than he deserves. Will this attitude come into play later? Will this attitude destroy him? Is he deserving of such a life?
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I think it starts to paint the picture of a man who is doing the best he can given the situation he finds himself in; that even though he finds himself on that "god forsaken island" he is not willing to do with less or tolerate less...which does come into play later.
I have mixed feelings about the governor. He definitely has the snooty air to him and I agree that he wants to be more than what it appears he deserves. I am wondering if this would come up later on as well. A type of attitude like this can definitely be lethal. Just think of Macbeth and all of his and his wife's troubles by the end of the play. Their thirst for power and fame led to catastrophe, and this is so common in literature.

I'm about halfway through Part I at this point. How is everyone else doing? I'd like us to discuss as we read so even if you are only a few chapters or pages in, stop by to tell us your thoughts. We're set to finish the first part exactly one week from today. Feel free to go ahead if you are ready to, but be sure to pop over here and share your thoughts on Part I.

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