I believe the next (and only remaining) assignment is Joffre's selection, Mr. Palomar by Italo Calvino. After that, we'll have to select a new set. Is that correct, Joffre?
: Certainly, "Dombey and Son" is not the best of
: Dickens's novels. Still, as I have said, I have a soft
: spot for him and enjoy reading him. I agree with you
: in basically all your opinions regarding this novel:
: the moralizing parts take steam away from the
: narrative; Florence is rather colorless (it would have
: been nice to have seen her confront her father and
: tell him a thing or two); little Paul's early death
: hurts the plot, and so on.
: For me also, Edith and Mrs. Skewton are the best
: characters, along with Carker the Manager. I think the
: chapter on his flight and death could be an excellent
: short story by itself. Regarding your questions, here
: are my attempts at answers:
: 1. Alice and Carker. It seems that Carker seduced her,
: forced her to committ some kind of robbery or fraud,
: and then abandoned her to her judicial fate, and so
: she's keen on revenge.
: 2. John Carker's crime seems to have consisted in
: taking money from the firm (stealing). He was
: pardoned, but as a punishment he was condemned to the
: lowest rung of the firm and the constant reminding of
: his crime amid the general slight of his companions.
: He would be unable to find other employment, as Dombey
: had the power to circulate his case around. He's also
: a reminder on his brother that the family has been
: 3. This, however, does not stop Carker the Manager
: from also stealing from his employer. He has done some
: deals on the side, and now he tries to run away with
: the beautiful Edith, who takes the chance to revenge
: herself from both men.
: Or at least that's what I understood.
: What's our next assignment?
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