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PostSubject: Chapters 38-41   Sun Jan 21, 2007 8:06 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Chapters 38-41   Fri Feb 02, 2007 5:31 pm

Monk is playing a big part in these chapters. He makes everyone believe that the locket is lost forever. He retrieves it after the Bumble's leave.

As it says in the Spark Notes, the book is mainly a mystery. I am enjoying the turn of events.

Charles Dickens has done an excellent job of creating a mystery and portraying the life and society of the times.

I think it is great that Rose and Nancy bond. I didn't really pick it up that Rose was a penniless orphan (Spark Notes stated this). Now I understand that she wants to help Nancy. I can be very empathetic with most of the characters, but I can't understand why Nancy doesn't want to better herself and get out of the life she's in.
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PostSubject: Re: Chapters 38-41   Sat Feb 03, 2007 8:09 pm

Just when I think that I am making headway and figuring outt who is who, Monks is Oliver's brother?!? I didn't see that coming, and it confuses my original guess at who was who.

It is an interesting play between the (ever present) issue of nature v. nurture. I think that this is most profound between Rose and Nancy. Both characters have a natural good and virtuous heart (nature) but the circumstances of their raising (nurture) has clearly caused them both to lead very different lives and become very different people, despite a similar situation at birth.

This book is just getting better and better!
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PostSubject: Re: Chapters 38-41   Sun Feb 04, 2007 1:42 am

Agreed!
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PostSubject: Re: Chapters 38-41   Sun Feb 04, 2007 4:21 pm

I did n't find it surprising that Nancy wouldn't leave Sikes, even if it meant betering her circumstances. Besides the age old attraction/commmitment women sometimes make to men, even when they are total losers (and the woman knows it!) Nancy had lived with the Fagin gang so long, she probably felt it was hopeless to even try to get out. They would only bring her back. she went out on a limb as far as she could to try and save oliver who had only been involved for a short time, and thus could possibly make the break.
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