We're on to Chapter Three of CHARMED VENGEANCE today in the #cvreadalong!
I love this chapter, which is aptly titled "Leaving Los Angeles."
This is a very pivotal chapter. Noli's grandfather arrives to take her and her mother back to Boston. However, while Mrs. Braddock is willing to do as her father (Noli's grandfather) wishes, Noli doesn't want to go.
Some have commented about how weak Mrs. Braddock is in this chapter. The mortal realm in this series is very rooted in Victorian sensibilities. A lot of the reactions and societal rules are based on reality (remember Findlay House, I didn't make any of those treatments or labels up, those things really happened to girls and women.)
Mrs. Braddock's acting very much in-line with the way women like her were expected to act. After all, even though the Braddocks are poor right now, they weren't always. Mrs. Braddock is a woman from a very high class family and was raised by those standards. She's used to listening to a man of authority -- a husband, a father, even a son. So, when her father tells her to leave, she does.
On the other hand, Mrs. Braddock wants to go, and listening to her father gives her an out. She moved to Los Angeles with her husband for his work. This isn't her home and her family isn't here. Her husband is gone, and after seven years she's starting to believe he's never coming back. Her son is grown and gone and her daughter is old enough to be married off. Because of her decline in social standing, she doesn't have many friends in Los Angeles anymore, and the way people now see her is different. While she loves her dress shop (and the fact she did go into business for herself does demonstrate that there is a strength to her), obviously it's not doing well enough to support her and Noli. She's tried to make it on her own, failed, and finally ready to accept the help from her family she's declined all these years.
One thing that can be easy to forget,was that Noli, too, was raised as a high class society girl for a very good portion of her life. However, she had her father to temper it--encouraging her to learn, be inquisitive, and teaching her how to fix things. Still, even though Noli doesn't consider herself to be this way, some of these sensibilities are still part of Noli and inform some of her behaviors and choices. Not to mention the sprite thrives on the very sorts of things Noli dislikes -- parties, dancing, silliness.
Now, there's a brief mention of Missy Sassafras and her perfect scones. This started out as a joke on twitter (seriously, it's all Lauren DeStefano's fault.) Beware, if you post something on twitter it may end up in a story. Missy is someone Noli doesn't like and we'll see much more of her in Book Three. I do wonder what makes those scones so perfect...
The end of chapter three feels very final to me. In some ways I feel like it marks the end of Noli's childhood. No matter what happens, things will never be the same.
But at the same time, she's about to go work on an air pirate ship! As an engineer!
Let the adventures begin.
What did you think of Chapter Three? Of Noli's relationship with her mother and grandfather? Of Mrs. Braddock's relationship with her father? Would you have made the same choice as Noli? As Mrs. Braddock? How did the end of Chapter Three make you feel? Tell me here or on twitter #cvreadlong along with any other thoughts, reactions, and questions.