Yes. I found Florence's flight, capture, and rescue, with the subsequent dismissal of Richards, the most memorable incident in the early part of the novel. I'm not sure yet that Dombey is exactly the villain of the piece, but he is certainly a cold and unfeeling man, at least to the saintly Florence (who reminds me a bit of Esther in Bleak House).
: Since Guille is finished and Sterling is way ahead of
: me, I'm going to post as I read. I'm only around a
: hundred pages in.
: So far I have found the book very hard to get into.
: The other day I was annoyed by the repetition of
: names. Mrs. Chick, Miss Tox, Mrs. Chick, Miss Tox,
: Lousia, Paul, Mr. Dombey, blah, blah, blah.
: I looked and saw that the book in print is 1028 pages
: and my heart sank. I had no idea how long it was.
: I did, however, read a customer review which
: interested me. It described Dombey as a very every day
: sort of villain, not malicious, but cold, unfeeling,
: and single-minded. I like that.
: I enjoyed what I read this morning a little more. It
: was mostly about Florence's getting lost and the
: subsequent dismissal of Richards.
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