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Discussion Thread for Part One (or beyond)

Part One runs from Grandmama finding out that she is being shipped away for the holidays...up until Maude dies and she decides to set out to visit Maude's family.

My first thought is that I was more annoyed at their treatment of Grandmama than anything else. I realize she is suppose to be a dreadful, complaining old biddy but I suppose I thought Emily handled her a bit harshly so it set me into some sympathy for the old bat...right off.

Second of all...Maude seemed a delightful character and I wish there had a bit more time for her part in the story to be developed....seems we were only getting to know her and bam...gone! I knew immediately that Grandmama was all a front...she was interested in Maude but too jealous of her adventures or her positive attitude to admit it. Reminds me of people that waste their lives wallowing in their own "issues" and miss out on all the fun of living.

One of my favorite quotations from this part is..."The pain is only for a moment..the joy is forever." Spoken by Maude as she explains her travels and feeling horribly tired but also the beauty of the land. Sort of reminds me of childbirth...although the pain was a bit longer than a moment....but still it was for a short time and the joy is forever.

So those are my thoughts of part one....and yours???
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