And that's the Marriage Plot, the more interesting one. Mark's foolish desire to be accepted by the "cool kids" (it really does remind me of high school) leads him into deep financial difficulties and disgrace. The moral seems to be a Nancy Reaganish, "Just say no." And the political chapters were completely boring. I could not even keep straight whether the whigs were "gods" or "giants," and none of it seemed to matter much.
On a brighter note, I was happy to see so many of the characters from earlier novels featured in this one. (The lack of them was a bit of a disappointment in Doctor Thorne.) Miss Dunstable (excuse me, Mrs. Thorne) is truly a treasure. She is a creation that almost ranks with the matchless Signora Neroni.
What did you think, Guillermo?
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