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Chapter 36 - 45 (Spoilers, ok!)

At this point, readers have presumedly completed the novel, so discussion is spoiler-free.  However, for those of you who might want to discuss these chapters in particular, this thread has been provided.
 
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skimmington ride

Here is an interesting explanation of the skimmington ride.  It seems that one took place in Boston in 1764 that didn't turn out so well when the skimmingtonee turned on the skimmingtonors!!
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Re: skimmington ride

Neat links. Thanks! That's one thing I like about Hardy. Unlike, say, Austen and Trollope, and even Thackeray, he gives us the real flavor of deep rural England.
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Re: disappointed

I have to say that I am disappointed that this discussion did not "take off".  I was really looking forward to participating in an animated discussion of TMoC, as Hardy is one of my favorite authors.  I just wasn't motivated to post my own thoughts because I end up feeling like I'm talking to myself, just as I did last month when I read The Black City on the Literature by Women board.  Remember our discussions of Far From the Madding Crowd and The Return of the Native?...I really miss the old days... 
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Re: disappointed

Hi, ELee--
 
Thanks for your post.  There are lots of reasons why boards can be quiet.  Coming from my experience moderating the most busy book club board on the entire bn.com website (Harry Potter), I always think the most active boards are those where the members start their own threads, and then even a small handful of others jump in and start talking.  You need to have both of those elements, I think, for discussion to really get "cooking."  The boards where members just respond to threads started by the moderators don't seem to get going quite as much, I've noticed.
 
Anyway, just one observation from this side of the screen.
 
~ConnieK
 


ELee wrote:
I have to say that I am disappointed that this discussion did not "take off".  I was really looking forward to participating in an animated discussion of TMoC, as Hardy is one of my favorite authors.  I just wasn't motivated to post my own thoughts because I end up feeling like I'm talking to myself, just as I did last month when I read The Black City on the Literature by Women board.  Remember our discussions of Far From the Madding Crowd and The Return of the Native?...I really miss the old days... 



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Re: disappointed

I wish my reading schedule had allowed me to be more active here, too. I have never been as fond of Casterbridge as of some of Hardy's other books, but I accept a measure of responsibility for not helping make this a more robust discussion. However, since I'm not sure there will be all that much of fascination to discuss, for me at least, in our next two months selections, maybe we can keep some active discussion going here even with our moderator on to other duties.

ELee wrote:
I have to say that I am disappointed that this discussion did not "take off".  I was really looking forward to participating in an animated discussion of TMoC, as Hardy is one of my favorite authors.  I just wasn't motivated to post my own thoughts because I end up feeling like I'm talking to myself, just as I did last month when I read The Black City on the Literature by Women board.  Remember our discussions of Far From the Madding Crowd and The Return of the Native?...I really miss the old days... 



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