Although we’ve settled into the story, and PorterGirl has settled into Old College, she is still learning new things so are we, too.
This next observation didn’t just appear at this point in the story; it’s been going on for a while, and it is this: I’m not sure if the “class” system is dead in the UK or not, but it certainly appears to be alive and well at Old College. PorterGirl constantly refers to herself as a servant, as do some people in other occupations. The conversations had with them and people in other, supposedly higher, positions are structured so that it’s obvious one group of people is constantly talking down to the other ones.
Can’t say I care for it.
That doesn’t mean it’s bad writing, it means it’s good writing. I don’t think you are supposed to care for it.
Ha. And her little tea charade in the “Private Eye” chapter ends in a nice surprise.
“It takes A Thief”
This chapter is short but once again ends in a perfect style: asking a question that we must read on to answer.
This appears effortless, so I will have to ask Lucy at some point whether it was, but it’s very well done.
Then next chapter ends in a bit of disappointment. But PorterGirl was disappointed, too.
Red herring? Or setting up something else for later?
We will have to read on to find out!
And that’s a good thing because we are only 25% of the way through!