02-02-2007 01:22 PM
Having long delayed love and most of the other gifts that life allows, a successful Milton Hershey began to indulge in the pleasures of the Gilded Age, from fine food and drink to romance. He meets Catherine and she brings a lightness to Milton's life that changes him forever. Her apparent syphilis, which was later all but erased from historical records, was probably recognized by those closest to her. Remarkably, Milton cared far less about the hint of scandal than others (including today's citizens of Hershey who were outraged when this book was published).
How much different was society's handling of syphilis from today's attitude toward current diseases of concern, such as AIDS? If the diagnosis meant little to Milton, should we care about it?
Reply to this message to discuss any of these topics. Or start your own new topic by clicking "New Message."
Note: This topic refers to events through Chapter 5, "Catherine." Some readers of this thread may not have finished the book. If you are referring to events that occur after Chapter 5, please use "Spoiler Warning" in the subject line of your post. Thanks!
02-15-2007 11:45 AM
Valentine's Day is a great time to talk chocolate and, I think, a great time to talk chocolate mogul romance!