Here's the discussion post for Chapters 4-6. One lucky commentor will win a book from my stash of awesome. You can talk about whatever you like in regard to the chapters 4-6 in the comments below (you can also talk about it on Twitter #idreadalong). Just a few rules:
1) Play nice
2) No spoilers from chapters beyond the ones we're talking about.
So, let's talk about Findlay. Yes, it's a disturbing, awful place. Here's a video of me talking about how Findlay is based on Victorian-era insane asylums.
Some trivia from Chapters 4-6
- Miss Gregory isn't based on a real person (I've been asked this).
- Charlotte wasn't a character I intended to write. I was actually going to make Noli's ally someone in the brothel next door. She just forced her way in and stayed. Lottie was a common nickname for Charlotte in the Victorian era.
- Many of the societal rules Noli laments about actually existed in the Victorian era
- The isolation box was an actual treatment from the era and all the labels she and Charlotte talk about (willfulness, hysteria, etc) were actual reasons for institutionalizing women.
- The flowers in the garden at Findlay are actual flowers purported to attract faeries according to faerie lore.
Happy commenting, both below and on twitter #idreadlong. Remember, no spoilers beyond chapter 6 and please play nice. Join me Friday, July 5th at 1 pm PST for the weekly #idreadalong chat -- feel free to join in even if you haven't read the chapters or aren't registered.