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Tenant of Wildfell Hall
Tenant of Wildfell Hall | Anne Bront
Combining a sensational story of a man's physical and moral decline through alcohol, a study of marital breakdown, a disquisition on the care and upbringing of children, and a hard-hitting critique of the position of women in Victorian society, this passionate tale of betrayal is set within a stern moral framework tempered by Anne Bronte's optimistic belief in universal redemption. It tells the story of the estranged wife of a dissolute rake, desperate to protect her son from his destructive influence, in full flight from a shocking world of debauchery and cruelty. Drawing on her first-hand experiences with her brother Branwell, Bronte's novel scandalized contemporary readers and still retains its power to shock today. The new introduction by Josephine McDonagh sheds light on the intellectual and cultural context of the novel, its complex narrative structure, and the contemporary moral and medical debates about alcohol and the body with which the novel engages. Based on the authoritative Clarendon text, the book has an improved chronology, an up-to-date bibliography, and many informative notes. About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more. "
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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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I have now read all 3 of the Bronte's novels. Wildfell Hall edges out Jane Eyre as the one I liked best. Simply because there wasn't a crazy woman in the attic. #WanderingThroughWutheringHeights is definitely the worst IMHO.

None of these will be going on my #forevershelf. Took 📸 at B & N and then put them back on shelf and bought 3 other books.

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DivineDiana They are beautiful though! ❤️ 3d
BarkingMadRun Love it! 3d
sprainedbrain I really like Wildfell Hall as well, but Jane is still my favorite by an edge. I know I‘m probably toxic af but I still ❤️ Rochester. Right there with you on WH, though. 😂 3d
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nanuska_153
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Not sure if she is part of the LGBTQ+ community or an ally, but I know you can never be too young to join the fight for equality. First Pride Festival for this little one 🥰

I don't have the heart today for reading The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, I'm too full of love to share my day with Hargrave...yes, I'm that late with chapter a day 😅 and yes, I hate him more than I hate Huntington...

#Pemberlittens

Ruthiella What a cutie! 😃 I understand your reluctance with The Tenant. Helen is surrounded by awful men. 3d
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DebinHawaii
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Finished earlier this week with the #PemberLittens. I am going to give it a pick even though I despised most of the characters. Was there a good man in the book? In all of Victorian England? I read a plot summary somewhere that stated Gilbert matures, redeems himself & becomes a better man in the end. I disagree-it was still all about “me, me, me” & it‘s not saying much that he was a better choice than Mr. Huntington. Ah Helen, I wanted you to↕️

DebinHawaii …live your life as a wealthy singleton! ??‍♀️ All that aside, I think Anne Brontë wrote a compelling story & while I doubt I will ever reread it, it wasn‘t bad. (I don‘t hate it like Wuthering Heights or like it as much as Jane Eyre, my only other Brontë sister reads.) ?Thanks to @BarkingMadRun for hosting. I wasn‘t great about hitting the daily chapters (the best way to read this one though) but loved reading your posts. ? (edited) 4d
DebinHawaii Also it‘s another book finished for #BigJuneReadathon @Clwojick 📚🎉 4d
BarkingMadRun Congrats on finishing! It was definitely tough to like any of the male characters (little Arthur wasn‘t bad 🤣) 4d
julieclair Perfect memes! 😂 4d
Clwojick Woohoo! Way to go! 4d
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BarkingMadRun
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@Crinoline_Laphroaig I thought I remembered yet another H name, but I wasn‘t sure! But there it is, he was writing to his BIL

Bookwormjillk Mystery solved, but don‘t love that he shared her diary with his brother in law. 6d
BarkingMadRun @Bookwormjillk that definitely bothered me, he promised to keep them secret and told his BIL every damn thing! So so wrong!! 6d
Crinoline_Laphroaig Thank you! 5d
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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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And we are done🥳 ‼️
This was so much better than #WanderingThroughWutheringHeights.
@BarkingMadRun #PemberLittens

BarkingMadRun 😍😍 6d
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peanutnine
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This had the most frustrating characters ever and I was constantly screaming at the audiobook for their stupidity 😅🤦🏼‍♀️
Despite the unlikeable characters, I was invested in the story. I thought the framing of Gilbert's letter and Helen's diary entries was interesting.
I'm glad to have read this along with the #Pemberlittens - I think more than one chapter a day would have been too frustrating lol @BarkingMadRun

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eeclayton
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I find it difficult to rate/review this book. I didn't like any of the characters. I pitied Helen, she was so naive, also very brave, but I couldn't identify with her value system at all, which made it difficult to empathize with her. Gilbert was a jerk, and I wish Helen had kept her distance from him. Huntingdon was of course despicable, but I was fascinated by how well Brontë had captured his nature on the page. ⬇️

eeclayton It was a compelling read, but I'm not sure it would've been as enjoyable as it turned out to be if it wasn't for the #pemberlittens and @BarkingMadRun 's daily posts and hilarious hashtags 😂 6d
BarkingMadRun lol I feel this! I‘m glad my hashtags got you through 🤣🤣 6d
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TheBookHippie
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#pemberlitten Bronte read @BarkingMadRun made this read AMAZING. A reread for me although I remembered little from reading it as a young teen- I thoroughly enjoyed it! WHAT A RIDE!

batsy Such a good book 💜 6d
rubyslippersreads I‘m behind on this (possibly because I want to smack just about every character 😏), but will catch up soon. Thanks for hosting, @BarkingMadRun 6d
BarkingMadRun Aw thanks! I love that pic!!! @rubyslippersreads I feel that in my soul lol 6d
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TheBookHippie @rubyslippersreads it was comforting to me as a teen 👀 what a riot to revisit it 🙈🙃. 6d
Ruthiella @rubyslippersreads I understand that sentiment! Definitely want to read into the pages and give them all the what for! 😂 6d
TheBookHippie @rubyslippersreads I talked out loud to this book almost every page 🤣🤣 5d
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BarkingMadRun
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Final post: what a whirlwind! Anne sure kept us on our toes with this one! Ups and downs, jumping to conclusions, making assumptions, and so much more! This was my first time reading it, and it drove me nuts, but I did enjoy it. I still think Helen deserves better, but was there actually anyone in her life who was better? Men just sucked back then 🤣 Drop your final thoughts below! #andtheylivedhappilyeverafter #pemberlittens #chapteraday

TheAromaofBooks I'm glad I read this one, but I don't think I'll sign up for a reread 😂 In the end at least Gilbert wants Helen to be happy, and even though he's kind of dumb and self-centered, I also think he'll be very trainable so Helen should be able to bring him up to snuff 😆 7d
BarkingMadRun @TheAromaofBooks yesssss well said!!! 7d
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ravenlee @TheAromaofBooks good point! Gilbert‘s an idiot but there‘s potential. I see a lot of eye-rolling from Helen, but she‘s always keeping in mind how much worse it could be (and was). 7d
BarkingMadRun @ravenlee so sad that Gil is a step up 🤣🤣 7d
TheBookHippie When you think how much worse could it be for women … then oh yeah… ugh. The lesser of the evils 🤷🏻‍♀️ I read this as a teenager and remembered almost nothing 🤣 this was fun to read with a group I enjoyed every minute!!! (edited) 6d
Librarybelle “Men just sucked back then.” Love it! 😂 6d
julieclair @TheBookHippie Ditto! I could have written this exact comment. Especially the part about how fun it was to read with the group! 👍 6d
julieclair At least Helen seems happy. And of course little Arthur adores Gil. So all's well that ends well, I suppose. Although there's no accounting for taste... 🤪🥴 6d
julieclair @BarkingMadRun You have done an amazing job of making this buddy read so very fun! Your memes! Your hashtags! Thank you! 💝 6d
eeclayton I would've been happy with the ending of the last but one chapter, but at least little Arthur got an okay-ish stepfather this way. I still don't understand what Helen saw in Gilbert, and I feel like he was more obsessed with her than really loved her, especially before reading her journals. Anyway, it was fun reading with you all, and I loved the daily posts @BarkingMadRun 💕 6d
BarkingMadRun @julieclair @eeclayton I‘m glad you had fun!! 6d
tpixie @BarkingMadRun thanks for letting me join in! You are a great host!! 6d
BarkingMadRun Thanks @tpixie 🥰🥰 6d
peanutnine I agree with everyone, Helen is definitely settling for Gilbert - he's not an ideal man but she doesn't have any better options. And at least he will be good to her and Arthur. Thanks @BarkingMadRun for your hilarious posts - I looked forward to them each day! 6d
Ruthiella My feeling was she knew she could manage Gil to be the kind of man she needs. But, yes...good men were likely hard to find in that time and place. Thanks for hosting! 😊 6d
Clare-Dragonfly Thanks for hosting the buddy read! This was so much fun! 😁 BTW I posted the article I mentioned a while back in my review. 6d
Crinoline_Laphroaig Who was hoping Helen sent him packing⁉️🙋🏻‍♀️ A widow in control of her own money was a much power as a woman could get back then. So why marry??? At least he'll be easy to manipulate. 6d
Crinoline_Laphroaig Also did we ever learn who Gilbert was writing to? 6d
BarkingMadRun @Crinoline_Laphroaig omg did it ever say?!? I don‘t know! I must investigate! 6d
Bookwormjillk @BarkingMadRun thanks so much for leading us through this discussion. I enjoyed this read, but am not sure I would have finished without you all. 6d
Bklover @BarkingMadRun This was a first time read for me so thank you so much for making it so much fun! I also appreciate Helen for reassuring me that I am not the only woman with terrible taste in men! Gil got very very lucky. He definitely married up. (edited) 6d
BarkingMadRun @bklover he certainly did!! 6d
inthegreensandblues @Crinoline_Laphroaig @BarkingMadRun It was his sister Rose's husband he was writing to. I just finished and it was in the last sentence. They were sharing tales of their youth. 😊 5d
inthegreensandblues @BarkingMadRun Thanks for leading the buddy read! I enjoyed my first Anne Bronte. 5d
BarkingMadRun @inthegreensandblues that‘s what happens when you read ahead! When you make your posts a week later, you forget things! 🤣 5d
rubyslippersreads @Crinoline_Laphroaig Her aunt agreed with you! 5d
rubyslippersreads I didn‘t care much for most of the characters, but after reading about the protracted suffering and death of Mr. Huntingdon, I realized that Anne probably had firsthand knowledge from observing her brother Branwell, which I find very painful. 5d
BarkingMadRun @rubyslippersreads I wish I had known that going in, instead of reading the article after. It would have helped a lot, poor Anne! 4d
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Clare-Dragonfly
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Oh man, what the heck, Helen. Have you no taste? ? #PemberLittens

Here‘s a great article about Anne Brontë and this book! https://www.vox.com/culture/2020/1/22/21070888/anne-bronte-200th-birthday-tenant...

julieclair Great article! Thanks for sharing. 6d
ravenlee That article is great - I LOVE how the author treats the Gilbert question. It‘s even in the captions for the illustrations! 6d
tpixie Thanks for sharing the article!!! 6d
BarkingMadRun Thank you for sharing the article!!! 6d
Clare-Dragonfly @ravenlee Gilbert (who is the worst) and Helen (who is great) 😂 6d
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Librarybelle
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Brontë writes a dramatic tale of a mysterious new occupant at Wildfell Hall and Gilbert‘s obsession with said tenant. Gilbert, the almost comically naive narrator, bumbles along on his journey of discovery - I‘ve yet to recall such a blindsided male character in classic literature. But, I think this, along with the mysterious female tenant, points to the feminism attributes to this novel. Brontë, the lesser known of the 3 Brontë sisters…⬇️⬇️⬇️

Librarybelle …writes such a polished novel, it‘s incredulous to me that this is not better well known. We know so much about Charlotte and Emily, whose Wuthering Heights is either loved or vehemently disliked, but Anne is almost dismissed or left behind. TTOWH is extraordinary - in my opinion very well crafted. I had started this years ago but had to set it to the side for other obligations; I am so glad I could enjoy this again. Thanks to #PemberLittens 7d
Librarybelle …for giving me the opportunity to start this again and complete it. I enjoyed every maddening page (maddening because of Gilbert‘s long lamenting pining over Helen…insert 🙄). Many thanks to @BarkingMadRun for the wonderful daily checkins!! @sprainedbrain 7d
Sophronisba I have been meaning to read Anne Bronte for literal decades but I never seem to get around to it. 7d
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BarkingMadRun I‘m glad you enjoyed it! It definitely ran on at more than one occasion lol 7d
Librarybelle @Sophronisba I hope you are able to get to her works soon! She has incredible talent in my opinion! 7d
Daisey Great review and I very much agree! I‘m so glad I finally got to this one. 7d
Librarybelle @Daisey Thanks! I‘m so glad #PemberLittens chose to read this one! 6d
PageShifter I am happy that you enjoyed 💞 6d
julieclair Great review! I agree that this is a very well crafted book. I'm not sure why Anne has been so underrated over the years. 6d
tpixie @Sophronisba she‘s my favorite Brontë ! 6d
tpixie @Librarybelle great review. I love Anne the best! 6d
batsy Nice review! I felt the same when I first read Anne—years later after reading Charlotte & Emily. And I love this cover! 6d
Librarybelle Thank you, everyone! So glad you also find Anne to be an excellent storyteller! @PageShifter @julieclair @tpixie @batsy 6d
tpixie ❤️ 6d
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BarkingMadRun
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Chapter 52: Gil travels to find Helen, only to discover that now she‘s loaded….. she he doesn‘t think he is good enough for her anymore. #honeyyouneverwere #shedeservesbetter #soselfish #pemberlittens #chapteraday

Lcsmcat I love all your tags , especially #honeyyouneverwere! 1w
BarkingMadRun @Lcsmcat lol thanks, this book has me so salty 🤣🤣 1w
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MoonWitch94 Those hashtags 🥳 #chefskiss 1w
BarkingMadRun Lol thanks @MoonWitch94 😘😘 1w
Bklover It was worth reading this book just for the hashtags! #😂😘 1w
BarkingMadRun @Bklover at least something good came out of it 🤣🤣 1w
julieclair At least our Gil is finally right about something. 1w
BarkingMadRun @julieclair 🤣🤣🤣 1w
eeclayton @julieclair this might be the first time he wasn't completely selfish. I'm afraid it won't last too long, though. 7d
julieclair @eeclayton Unfortunately, I imagine you're right. 😬 6d
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BarkingMadRun
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Chapter 51: Eliza tells Gil that Helen is going to marry Hargrave, so he heads out to stop the wedding. But does he arrive in time? #pemberlittens #chapteraday #yasnoozeyalose #runGilrun

Clare-Dragonfly Gil sure does love making assumptions about what people are thinking! 1w
BarkingMadRun @Clare-Dragonfly he is the absolute worst 1w
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TheAromaofBooks I couldn't deal with the way he was all wound up about her “betraying“ him, like dude, you've literally been moping around for over a year?!?! I honestly was hoping that she really had moved on! 😂 1w
Clare-Dragonfly Also, does the text ever call him Gil or did we all just decide to go with that? 😂 1w
BarkingMadRun @Clare-Dragonfly lol that was me, I don‘t think he‘s ever referred to anything but Gilbert 1w
BarkingMadRun @TheAromaofBooks all the yesses!! I was not super thrilled with the idea of her with Hargrave, but Gilbert is no prize either 🤣🤣 1w
Bklover This woman has seriously bad taste in men. 1w
DebinHawaii ALL of the men in this book annoy the 💩out of me!!! 😤 1w
julieclair I just feel so sorry for poor Helen. She deserves a much better man than any of these guys. 1w
MoonWitch94 The men in this book are just SO awful! 😵‍💫 1w
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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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Audio really captures Eliza's Mean Girl spirit.

And with less than an hour to go I was tempted to finish. But I'm determined to stay the Chapter a Day Distance. 🚶🏻‍♀️🎧📖

@BarkingMadRun #PemberLittens

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BarkingMadRun
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Chapter 50: Gil is waiting for 6 months to go by, so he can write to Helen. But her uncle dies, so he waits, and then she keeps traveling, so he waits, and then ……. #justwritethedamnletter #meanwhile #MrsLowbroughdies #goodriddance #grimsbydies #peaceout #hattersleyeandLowbroughlivetheirbestlives #andGilsstillwaiting #pemberlittens #chapteraday

tpixie Lol 😂 1w
TheBookHippie Seriously 🤦🏻‍♀️ 1w
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Crinoline_Laphroaig I've never read this. But it's a Bronte so my money is on Unhappy Ending. 1w
TheBookHippie @Crinoline_Laphroaig Which is why I love them so much! BAHAHAHAHA. 1w
Bklover Well Mr Bean made me smile. 1w
BarkingMadRun @Bklover there were a lot of memes with skeletons lol but who doesn‘t love Mr Bean?!! 1w
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TheAromaofBooks
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Wow, I had some mixed feelings about this one!! A GR review I saw said something like "I respected this novel more than I enjoyed it" and I think that really captures my sentiments as well. The story Anne has written here is powerful and engaging, and thinking about how daring it was to publish a story about a woman standing up for herself and bailing on her husband (/owner) in 1848 makes it all the more powerful. I also appreciated Helen's ⬇️

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) strong moral code and commitment to her religious beliefs. She was an amazingly strong character whose unwillingness to compromise her conscience meant that her life was harder in the short run, but I never felt like she “deserved“ what was happening to her, despite opportunities to change her path. I really admired Helen, even if she did get a bit preachy from time to time. I did feel like the ending dragged on a bit too long ⬇ 2w
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) (mild spoiler below) and I did feel like there wasn't a single genuinely GOOD man in this entire story - Gilbert made me roll my eyes constantly at how sensitive, spoiled, and whiny he was about EVERYTHING. Helen's brother was SO smug and self-satisfied all the time that I just wanted to sock him in the nose (I honestly didn't blame Gil for that one!).

All in all, this was a really worthwhile read. This is only my second venture into ⬇
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TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) Bronte territory, but this definitely gets my vote over Wuthering Heights! However, it's not a book I see myself rereading.

Thanks for the pick #PemberLittens - I am really enjoying reading these classics, and having the whole gang along helps keep me on track and engaged in books I otherwise might not finish!! @sprainedbrain @BarkingMadRun

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TheAromaofBooks Honestly not over the part where Gilbert thinks Helen is going to marry someone else and is all like, “How could she leave me??“ Bruh, you haven't contacted her in over a year????? Is she literally just supposed to pine for you forever??? If you want her, DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT you whiny little whiner! Oh my GOSH! 😂 2w
REPollock I felt the same way about it. ✊to Anne for the mettle to write it but I felt awful for women trapped in those societal circumstances. 1w
BarkingMadRun That quote is perfection 1w
sprainedbrain Excellent review!! 1w
ravenlee This was my favorite of all the Brontës I‘ve read, but as I hate Wuthering Heights and just don‘t get the appeal of Jane Eyre it‘s definitely a qualified win! ? 1w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks LOVE this photo!! ❤️ 1w
Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 1w
TheAromaofBooks @REPollock - Exactly! Like I really appreciated her boldness in calling out the problems she saw, but it doesn't make for very “fun“ reading material!! 1w
TheAromaofBooks @BarkingMadRun - As soon as I saw that line, I knew that was EXACTLY how I felt about this book, and I think it's why I kept reading it, despite note really enjoying it. I felt like Anne was sharing a powerful message, almost liked I owed it to her to hear what she had to say. 1w
TheAromaofBooks @ravenlee - Right? With Wuthering Heights as its only competition for me so far in Bronte-reading, being the first-place winner isn't exactly a rousing endorsement! 😂 1w
TheAromaofBooks @AlwaysBeenaLoverofBooks - Thank you!!! Those dried flowers came out of a bouquet I received years ago and they still somehow look nice!!! I got really excited because I thought they matched the book so well!! 😂 1w
Daisey @ravenlee This is my first time reading this one and I‘m not sure which I like more between it and Jane Eyre. I had a much harder time with the love story of Jane Eyre when I read it so they might just be tied now. I thought this one had a much better message than the others. 7d
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BarkingMadRun
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Chapter 49: Huntington goes back to his old ways with some pretty disastrous results. #helencanstoprunning #ihopeshesaiditoldyouso #peaceouthuntington #pemberlittens #chapteraday

peanutnine Honestly, FINALLY. I've never wanted a character's death more 2w
BarkingMadRun @peanutnine seriously! I didn‘t even feel bad for cheering 🤣 2w
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julieclair Finally! Helen is a free woman. And also a saint. Her patience and sense of duty are astounding. Huntingdon SO did not deserve her. #understatementoftheyear 😂 2w
DebinHawaii Same!!! 😆 1w
Bklover @peanutnine Me too! I kept thinking Please don‘t get better Please don‘t get better!! 1w
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BarkingMadRun
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Chapter 48: Helen stay to tend Huntington and Gil gets permission to tell the neighbors that they were wrong about her…. #nogoodhashtagstoday #pemberlittens #chapteraday #ifinisheditallyesterday #couldnotstop

TheBookHippie In my defense it is what I did today at the doctor 🤣♥️ and it wasn‘t as fun with out me talking aloud to the book. 😝 2w
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Bookwormjillk I haven‘t finished yet, but I probably will today. Once I get to 90% it‘s hard to stop 🤷‍♀️ 2w
BarkingMadRun @Bookwormjillk I totally agree!! 2w
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ravenlee
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I couldn‘t stick with #chapteraday so I finished in fits and starts. Pick- for this one, though it‘s my favorite Brontë novel I‘ve read. The diary portion was the best, I found Gilbert annoying and unattractive but Helen‘s preachiness wasn‘t winning me over either. It was believable in its characters, at least. Thanks #PemberLittens for pushing this one off my shelf and into my hands!

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Lcsmcat
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I read ahead of the #pemberlittens (sorry!) but no spoilers. I enjoyed the ride, but could have done with less preaching from the author. 😀 That, and Gil saying he didn‘t notice the scenery around him and then going into great poetic detail, pulled me out of the story a bit. Minor complaints though, for a good story.

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BarkingMadRun
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Chapter 47, and all I wanna say is 🤬🤬🤬🤬 that‘s it. That‘s all I got. #IYKYK #runhelenrun #notthatway #turnaround #atleastshemadeacontractthistime #pemberlittens #chapteraday

TheBookHippie UGHHHHHHHHHHHH. 2w
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julieclair I am tearing my hair out. This is so frustrating! 😵‍💫 2w
Bklover I agree with everyone. 2w
ravenlee And now for something completely different - oh wait, it‘s not. 2w
eeclayton I missed a few days but am completely caught up now. I want to say two things: (1) I still don't understand what Helen sees in Gilbert, (2) wtf, Helen? 😕 2w
BarkingMadRun @eeclayton I know! Sadly, Gilbert is a step up 🤣🤣 2w
Ruthiella This is the best meme! 😂😂😂 2w
MoonWitch94 I couldn‘t have summed this up better than this meme! 🙄😂 2w
Daisey Great hashtags again on this one! 2w
DivineDiana She‘ll never learn! And I love everything about this post! 👏🏻👍🏻👏🏻 5d
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BarkingMadRun
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Chapter 46: Helen is preparing to leave and Gil and Freddy are…. Friends? I‘m not sure Freddy is too thrilled about it, though…. #imsurehemeanswell #pemberlittens #chapteraday

Bklover Freddy should tell Gil to get lost! 2w
BarkingMadRun @Bklover I totally agree! 2w
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ravenlee I feel like Freddy really wants (but is too British-well-bred) to do is tell Gil to f#*% off. 2w
BarkingMadRun @ravenlee 🤣🤣🤣 yes!! 2w
TheBookHippie @ravenlee 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 2w
MoonWitch94 Yes @ravenlee 👍🏻😂🤩 2w
Bookwormjillk Freddy is more like a hostage than a friend. 2w
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Daisey
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I spent several more hours in a tractor the last few days and couldn‘t resist finishing this book. I didn‘t like any of the men, except possibly Frederick. This led me to wish that it had been told strictly from Helen‘s perspective. I truly appreciated the message about careful consideration of marriage vs. singleness (so sharing this quote again) and Helen as a strong, determined mother.

#PemberLittens #audiobook #BooksOnTheFarm #1001books

tpixie Such a great quote!! 2w
Daisey @tpixie I thought so! Also, I feel like there was another book you recommended once I got around to reading this one. Can you tell me again? 2w
tpixie @Daisey maybe another of her books (edited) 2w
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Daisey @tpixie No, I‘ve already read that one. Maybe I should see if you commented when I read it or maybe I‘m completely thinking of the wrong book. 🤷‍♀️ 2w
Daisey It‘s the middle of June and I finally made time to update my #BookSpinBingo card. This is my June #BookSpin book 9. 1w
tpixie @Daisey hmm I‘m not remembering… 1w
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BarkingMadRun
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Chapter 45: Gil visits Helen, and she tells him that she must move again now, but they can write each other…. Someday. He agrees and even apologizes to Freddy…. #helengotsmart #runhelenrun #Gilisstillachild #cannotbetrusted #pemberlittens #chapteraday

StolenBookmobile Oh Toby Stephens 🤩 2w
ravenlee Such a not-apology! “I‘m terribly sorry that you made me bash in your skull. Very bad behaviour - on YOUR part!” 2w
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BarkingMadRun @ravenlee omg right?!? He‘s such a child 2w
Bookwormjillk Sorry I attacked you and left you for dead. Can you put in a good word with your sister? 2w
Lcsmcat “not quite proper “?!?!??? I am so fed up with him. 2w
TheBookHippie @Bookwormjillk RIGHT?!?!?! UGHHHHH 2w
Clare-Dragonfly Gil: Oh wow, I‘ve learned so much! I am ashamed of my conduct. Also Gil: Forces his way into people‘s houses, admits that maybe it wasn‘t okay for him to beat his friend half to death now that he knows they aren‘t competing for the same woman. 2w
julieclair I am so over him... 2w
Bklover That whole section on when he can write her left me completely confused. It was an entire page on my phone and I still don‘t quite get whether it‘s six months or never. 🙄 (part of me is wishing it was never!) 2w
BarkingMadRun @Bklover I think that after 6 months he‘s allowed to write to her, if he still loves her. So dramatic! 2w
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Ch.33
“It‘s all these cursed women!” muttered Grimsby. “They‘re the very bane of the world! They bring trouble and discomfort wherever they come, with their false, fair faces and their deceitful tongues.”

Catching up! #pemberlittens

SRWCF Gorgeous picture! 2w
DivineDiana @SRWCF I only wish I had paid attention to the source. 😕 2w
SRWCF @DivineDiana Oh, well. Next time! 2w
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Chapter 44: Helen has escaped! She is safely in Wildfell Hall, and worries that Huntington will find her…. #Gilisnothelping #hecantkeepasecret #bewarehelen #pemberlittens #chapteraday

Bookwormjillk Waiting to see how Gilbert will mess this up for her while feeling sorry for himself. 2w
BarkingMadRun @Bookwormjillk omg I was thinking the same thing! 2w
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ravenlee I had honestly forgotten the framing story over the flashback chapters, and couldn‘t even remember Gil‘s name. Coming back to that bit was jarring, and now I‘m back to being disgusted with Gil and worried for Helen. 2w
BarkingMadRun @ravenlee definitely the downfall of a chapter a day, when the chapters are so short, and there are so many! It was majorly disorienting for me! 2w
julieclair You just know she's going to be discovered at some point. None of her neighbors can mind their own business, or keep a secret. 2w
Ruthiella @ravenlee Such a rude awakening to realize she escaped only to end up with man-baby Gil! 😬 2w
Clare-Dragonfly Gil continues to be incredibly self-centered 🙄 2w
ravenlee @Ruthiella right?! I‘d ask for a refund on that Cracker Jack prize. 2w
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Chapter 43: Huntington brings home a “governess” 🙄🙄 which finally gives Helen the courage to leave! 🎉🎉🎉 #runhelenrun #dontsearchcheatingwiththebabysitter #itsallgraphic #yourewelcome #pemberlittens #chapteraday

TheBookHippie “Governess” 2w
BarkingMadRun @TheBookHippie 🤣 I‘m calling it like it is 🤷🏻‍♀️🤣 2w
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Clare-Dragonfly Your tags 😂😂😂 2w
BarkingMadRun @Clare-Dragonfly I saw things nobody should see 🤣🤣 I had to change my search 🤣🤣 2w
Crinoline_Laphroaig RUN HELEN‼RUN‼ 2w
Crinoline_Laphroaig And somebody remind me how did she get Windfell Hall. It feels like I've been reading this books for YEARS and I can't remember. 2w
Crinoline_Laphroaig Checked my Calendar this is Day 43 of 54. Chapter a Day will take us to June 23rd. 2w
BarkingMadRun @Crinoline_Laphroaig it was her childhood home, I think her brother is the owner 2w
MoonWitch94 @TheBookHippie 🤣😂🤣😂 YES!!! 🤩 2w
inthegreensandblues I love this illustration 😍 2w
julieclair Just when you think Huntington can't get any worse, he outdoes himself. 2w
BarkingMadRun @julieclair it boggles the mind!! 2w
Bklover @Crinoline_Laphroaig I‘m so glad you said that! It does seem like we‘ve been reading this for a very long time! 2w
TheAromaofBooks Oh my gosh, your tags just made my day! 😂 2w
BarkingMadRun @TheAromaofBooks I was telling the hubs about searching for a pic, and he started laughing before I could even finish. He said the search was just screaming porn 😝🤪 2w
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Chapter 42: Hattersley comes by and gives Helen grief about her lovely husband, so she turns the table and gives him grief right back. #dontmesswithhelen #womanscorned #sheputhiminhisplace #pemberlittens #chapteraday

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From chapter 41, this quote about choosing to remain single rather than settling for a marriage really seems to sum up an important message of this story for me.

I‘ve been mainly listening to this on audio, but also marking passages in Serial Reader.

#PemberLittens #ChapterADay #quote #SerialReader

Bklover I agree! I wish Anne Brontë had been around longer - I‘d have loved to see what she came up with as she got older. 3w
Daisey @Bklover So true! This is my first read, but I‘m really appreciating it. 2w
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Still reading, wanting to catch up. So I decided to go with a dramatization…..which I‘ll enjoy later tonight. In other news……this is my favorite P&P cover. I like the pulp ones.
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Chapter 41: we found out why little Arthur hates 🍷 and plans are made! #runhelenrun #pemberlittens #chapteraday

TheBookHippie I so love this daily update, I love Bronte writing so this is like the icing on the cake except with this book I now like your update more!! 3w
BarkingMadRun @TheBookHippie awww thank you!! I love hosting these buddy reads!! (edited) 3w
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Bookwormjillk It was kind of a weird method to get the kid to stop drinking but I guess it worked. 3w
Bklover I agree with @TheBookHippie ❤️❤️ 3w
julieclair I was pretty impressed with Helen‘s cleverness! 3w
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Chapter 40: just when you think Helen is going to get away…. #icouldhaveusedagodfathermeme #everytimeithinkimouttheypullmebackin #pemberlittens #chapteraday

MoonWitch94 😩😩😩😩😩😩😩 3w
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Bookwormjillk The disaster we were all waiting for actually happened 🤬 3w
tpixie 🥹🥹🥹 3w
julieclair Poor Helen. She just can't catch a break. 3w
eeclayton Not to blame the victim here, but it was foolish of her to write her journals in plain sight. And also not to burn them when discovered -- although, of course, there would be no book for us to read then 😁 3w
Bklover @eeclayton I agree about it being foolish writing it right there in public where anyone can see it!!🙄🙄🙄 3w
rubyslippersreads This made me furious—at Huntingdon for being such a jerk, and at Helen for not keeping her diary secret. But on a more practical note, wouldn‘t shoving all the flammable painting paraphernalia into the fireplace cause a bigger fire than described? 3w
BarkingMadRun @rubyslippersreads omg i thought the same thing! I was waiting for the explosion! 3w
TheBookHippie @rubyslippersreads yaaaas. One would think so🤷🏻‍♀️ 2w
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The answer is NO‼️

" I don‘t like you,‘ I continued, as deliberately and emphatically as I could, to give the greater efficacy to my words; ‘and if I were divorced from my husband, or if he were dead, I would not marry you."

#Pemberlittens @BarkingMadRun

BarkingMadRun I was so proud of her at that moment! 3w
eeclayton This scene (too) was so infuriating. How dare he say that she must reciprocate his feelings just because he is infatuated? 😠 3w
peanutnine Loved this line! He was such a jerk - reminded me of all the men who get upset for being "friend-zoned" 3w
DivineDiana Yes, he would not “get the message”, but I was glad to see that he did not let her down when she called him to validate her innocence. 1w
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Chapter 39: just when you think it can‘t get any worse! Helen turns to her painting to save money to escape, and Rachel is in on the plan! #runhelenrun #whyamistressed #iknowshegetsaway #pemberlittens #chapteraday

peanutnine Even though we know she gets away, I'm still anxious that something is gonna go horribly wrong before she gets out 😬 3w
BarkingMadRun @peanutnine yes! Exactly! 3w
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julieclair I'm glad she has a friend in Rachel. She is going to need help making this plan work. I, too, am worried something may go wrong. It's nail-biting time, lol. 3w
BarkingMadRun @julieclair I think we might be at that point where I can‘t stop and keep reading past one chapter 🤣 3w
Bklover I‘m definitely at the point where I want to keep reading! 3w
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A book that takes you through the stages of the characters lives. Some ebbing and flowing between good and bad but most stay within their fixed characteristics. Lord Lorborough was the most relatable character who was associated with the wrong sort at an earlier part of this life, proof that you are who you associate yourself with. But Arthur was graced with his karma in the end. I would have never predicted the ending in the beginning.

282Mikado Is the barbed-wire topped fence in the background meaningful in any way with regards to the book? 3w
Pip2 @282Mikado I guess there are points in the book where it is like a prison lol. My work borders the Airport but work can be like prison sometimes, that is, without all the other unpleasantries. 3w
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Chapter 38: Lowborough finds out and a duel is suggested. He says no, and the men are disappointed. He takes Annabelle and leaves, which makes Arthur happy. Hmmmmmm #troubleincheatersparadise #pemberlittens #chapteraday

julieclair Duels. What a different world! And the men are disappointed because one of their friends isn‘t going to shoot the other. What?!?! 3w
BarkingMadRun @julieclair I was thinking the same thing. Completely ridiculous! It would have served Arthur right if he had lost in a duel! Why do they not think about the outcome?! 3w
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Lcsmcat @BarkingMadRun @julieclair They don‘t think about ANY outcomes. They think they‘re immortal. 🙄 3w
BarkingMadRun @Lcsmcat I think our problem is, we assume that they think at all 🙄🙄🤣🤣 3w
julieclair @BarkingMadRun Sad but true! 😂😂 3w
Bklover Arthur doesn‘t really care about anyone, including the nasty Annabelle! 3w
Clare-Dragonfly I think Helen and Lowborough are the only ones with any morals or empathy. 3w
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Chapter 37: Arthur is off again, which means Hargrave is hanging around. He can‘t understand why she won‘t cheat with him, since Arthur is cheating on her 🙄🙄 #pemberlittens #chapteraday

TheBookHippie I remember decades ago being on bed rest with my daughter and watching soap operas … this reminds me of that 🤣🤣💯💯🤷🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️ (edited) 3w
BarkingMadRun @TheBookHippie omg yes!!! 🤣🤣 3w
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eeclayton Is there one decent male character in this book? 😠 3w
Bklover @eeclayton I don‘t think so! They all appear to be jerks! 3w
Bklover Oh, and Hargrave is creepy. 3w
Bookwormjillk @TheBookHippie totally! Although Helen is supposed to be good and I don‘t love her much either. 3w
TheBookHippie @Bklover true to life 🤣 3w
Clare-Dragonfly @eeclayton Lawrence might be okay but I think we‘ll have to wait to find out… 3w
julieclair It‘s so weird to think that marrying a decent, hardworking farmer would be considered unacceptable, but marrying one of these degenerates is considered an excellent match. No wonder Jane Austen remained single! 3w
BarkingMadRun @julieclair I know!! Ugh!! 3w
eeclayton @Clare-Dragonfly I can't wait to find out who he actually is! 3w
nanuska_153 I'm still catching up, and you'll be like, what's she is talking about, but I have to say it: what amazes me the most is that he is so sure of himself that he thinks just because she doesn't want her husband she can't possibly reject him, as if being alone or not wanting him wasn't an option 5d
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Chapter 36: everyone is miserable and little Arthur is starting to show tendencies like his father 🙄🙄🙄 #pemberlittens #chapteraday

Ruthiella This is the point where Helen must draw a line. Her son is in danger. 3w
Crinoline_Laphroaig Anyone else ready for the story to move on. For Helen to do something. We get it Arthur is a wanker. 3w
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Crinoline_Laphroaig @BarkingMadRun it's like the Brontes were paid by the word. 3w
julieclair @Ruthiella Yes! She cannot allow little Arthur to live in this toxic environment. And @Crinoline_Laphroaig “paid by the word”! 👍😂😂😂 3w
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Not completely accurate, but you get the point! Chapter 35, and I want to toss that woman out a window! What happened to girl code?!?! #pemberlittens #chapteraday

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Chapter 34: Lady Lowborough gets put in her place 🤣🤣 so proud of Helen! #pemberlittens #chapteraday #threecheersforhelen

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Chapter 33: after Rachel hints at some impropriety, Helen finally figured out what‘s been going on in the garden….. #pemberlittens #chapteraday

BarkingMadRun Ok, how many of us knew EXACTLY what was going on the first time Helen surprised Arthur in the garden? 🙋🏻‍♀️🙋🏻‍♀️🙋🏻‍♀️ 4w
Lcsmcat @BarkingMadRun 🙋🏻‍♀️ So, naive or willfully blind? She strikes me as quite a different person from the older Helen we met first. 4w
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BarkingMadRun @Lcsmcat I think naive? Not anymore though! Poor Helen! 4w
eeclayton @BarkingMadRun 🙋‍♀️ @Lcsmcat Maybe both? Hargrave wanted to tell her before and she didn't want to hear him out. That's sounds willfully blind to me. 4w
BarkingMadRun @eeclayton that‘s a great point! 4w
Bklover I‘m not exactly sure how she could be surprised. It‘s been right there in front of her with nearly everyone trying to tell her!!🙄 4w
Crinoline_Laphroaig @BarkingMadRun 🙋🏻‍♀️ 4w
Librarybelle 🙋🏻‍♀️ 4w
Clare-Dragonfly 🙋🏻‍♀️ 4w
julieclair 🙋‍♀️ 4w
julieclair @lcsmcat I agree with @eeclayton … she‘s a bit of both. Naive at first, and now using willful blindness to hold on to her naïveté. And she is slowly, because of her sad life, transforming into the Helen we met at the beginning of the book. ? 4w
Lcsmcat @julieclair @eeclayton It makes me sad to see her have to toughen up like this. 4w
julieclair @Lcsmcat I agree. 4w
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Chapter 32: more bad behavior and someone still wants to tell Helen a secret she does not want to hear 🙄 #pemberlittens #chapteraday

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Chapter 31: Helen‘s father dies and she wants to wear black, but Arthur says that will make him sad, and doesn‘t want her to. He invites the old crew back for some hunting and things get way out of hand 🍷 #pemberlittens #chapteraday

TheBookHippie Helen should be single 😩 1mo
Librarybelle This chapter was almost too hard to read with the shenanigans of the men (and Annabella)…I cringed so much! 😂 1mo
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Lcsmcat I was bothered by so much in this chapter. Was there really nothing she could do to protect her guests? 1mo
BarkingMadRun @Librarybelle @Lcsmcat I agree. It‘s so hard to imagine a time when women had no choice but to do what they‘re told! 1mo
Bookwormjillk A very cringey chapter indeed. 1mo
Bklover I‘m with @TheBookHippie 😩 1mo
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Chapter 30, and we are getting an idea of why Helen doesn‘t like the smell of wine 🍷 #pemberlittens #chapteraday

tpixie Great photo!! You are so good at finding the perfect photo!! 🍷 1mo
TheBookHippie THE PHOTO!!!! 💯 1mo
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BarkingMadRun @tpixie @TheBookHippie thank you! My Google game is strong lol 1mo
tpixie @BarkingMadRun yes it is!!! 🏆 1mo
eeclayton I really felt like throwing the book today (except I'm reading on my kindle). Can Arthur be any more unbearable? 🤬 1mo
BarkingMadRun @eeclayton every chapter I think, this is it, he can‘t get worse. And then he does 🙄 luckily for us, we know she leaves eventually 🤣🤣 1mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig Arthur is such a prick. 1mo
ravenlee Arthur is awful - but I‘m getting bad vibes from the “friend” who‘s just dying to tell Helen what her asshole husband has been up to despite her telling him repeatedly she doesn‘t want to know. He‘s being very pushy and I feel like something worse is coming. 1mo
BarkingMadRun @ravenlee yes! I‘ve thought the same! 1mo
DebinHawaii I finally caught up this weekend & so far EVERY man in this book annoys me, but Arthur is such an arsehole! 🤬 1mo
Bklover Great photo! 1mo
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BarkingMadRun
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Chapter 29, and Arthur still isn‘t home. Helen hangs with the Hargraves, but Walter makes her a little uncomfy. I love this cover and it reminded of the scene where she was handing baby Arthur the flowers 🌸 #pemberlittens #chapteraday

tpixie Lovely cover! 1mo
Clare-Dragonfly Walter is giving me the creeps! 1mo
BarkingMadRun @Clare-Dragonfly yeah, like he‘s expecting something from her, it‘s really cringey 1mo
Bookwormjillk I‘m starting to wonder how many more chapters of this we‘ll have. It keeps getting worse and worse for our girl. 1mo
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Chapter 28: baby Arthur is born, big Arthur is a baby, and runs off to London for months because the baby bugs him 🙄 #pemberlittens #chapteraday

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Chapter 27: I‘ve used this pic before but never has it made more sense. Good for Helen for defending herself, but I was so mad when she forgave him so quickly! Also, this is the second time she‘s mentioned…. Her situation…. Hmmmmmmm have we met the baby daddy? #pemberlittens #chapteraday

eeclayton I missed the comment about her "situation" in this chapter (I remember the first mention, though). #stillhatearthur 1mo
BarkingMadRun @eeclayton hate him so much! 1mo
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julieclair Yes.... her "situation". It would seem as though Helen is definitely "in the family way". So I suppose we have indeed discovered the baby daddy, unfortunately. ? 1mo
Lcsmcat @julieclair Since the boy is also named Arthur, I‘m sure we have met the daddy. 1mo
BarkingMadRun Omg @Lcsmcat I totally forgot about that lol some host I am 🤣🤣🤣 1mo
Lcsmcat @BarkingMadRun Well there has been a lot going on since we last saw him. 😀 1mo
Bklover All of the “I do love him” and “I will love him” is driving me nuts. Like it‘s something that you just make up your mind to do. 1mo
julieclair @Lcsmcat Yes, I guess that's a pretty good hint! 😂😂 1mo
julieclair @Bklover I agree! Poor Helen, she is trying so hard. But Arthur is a lost cause, I'm afraid 1mo
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Ugh it won‘t fit lol chapter 26: the hunting party has arrived and all of the people flirting ate already married…. To other people 🙄🙄 #pemberlittens #chapteraday

Ruthiella Yeah, the bad behavior is across the board here. 1mo
TheBookHippie So much to say 🤐…. I know ppl like this 👀 1mo
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Bookwormjillk I‘m ready for her to leave him now. Wish there was something better than Gilbert waiting for her. 1mo
julieclair If only someone like Mr. Darcy could ride into her life, lol! 1mo
Chili Ugh! These people are the worst. Arthur can hang all over Annabella but if Helen talks to Hargrave, it‘s the end of the world. 🤦🏻‍♀️ 1mo
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I switched to the audio book because I really wanted to see how everything played out. Right now I have mixed feelings about the book overall. I really felt like Ross between Gilbert‘s letters and Helen diary like you guys have rambled on for 400 pages Front and Back! Bottom line Helen has terrible taste in men🤣#pemberlittens

Ruthiella She really does! 1mo
tokorowilliamwallace It's me. I'm Rachel. 3w
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Chapter 25: Helen goes to London with Arthur and comes home alone, and who knows what he got up to when he was alone. Now that he‘s back and he wants to have a hunting party #helenhateshisfriends #shesinvitingthemanyway #sheneverlearns #pemberlittens #chapteraday

TheBookHippie 🤦🏻‍♀️ although this was a good escape to read over lunch. … but this story is maddening! 🤣😫 1mo
BarkingMadRun @TheBookHippie I totally agree, so frustrating! 1mo
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ravenlee @BarkingMadRun @TheBookHippie I got behind over the weekend and have been trying to catch up, but reading several chapters at this point is really hard! Arthur 😡🤢🤨 1mo
BarkingMadRun @ravenlee I feel that in my soul. One chapter a day right now is more than enough 🤬 1mo
Daisey @ravenlee @TheBookHippie @BarkingMadRun Interesting about the chapter a day, I actually got several chapters ahead over the weekend because I was curious to keep going. Now, I‘m not sure I‘ll want to stop if I start again. 1mo
BarkingMadRun @Daisey there‘s always a point where I can‘t stop, and then I just take notes so I can post each day lol I‘m glad to see we are approaching that point of no return! 1mo
eeclayton So the #Arthurhatefest continues. Also, did anyone else find Milicent's engagement kinda weird? 1mo
julieclair At this point, can anyone envision a scenario where Arthur redeems himself and turns out to be a good guy in the end? My vote is a resounding NO. He‘s hopeless! (edited) 1mo
BarkingMadRun @eeclayton it was so disturbing, I‘m sad for her! @julieclair oh hell no 1mo
Lcsmcat @eeclayton So very weird! And Helen not warning her was not cool. 1mo
Bklover Millicent is an idiot. Helen is an idiot. Arthur is just an ass. At this point it appears they‘re all idiots. I too am glad it‘s a chapter a day. 🙄🙄🙄 1mo
eeclayton @Lcsmcat @Bklover Agreed. It's quite odd because these are the chapters that are supposed to build empathy towards Helen. That is, I guess they are, it's my first read. 1mo
Lcsmcat @julieclair I think, if Brontë is going for a “happy” ending, Arthur will die. But should she choose tragic, he‘ll survive to torture Helen another day. 1mo
Lcsmcat @eeclayton I thought that too, and it‘s not working for me. Perhaps with the attitude of the day she would have? 1mo
eeclayton @Lcsmcat that's a good point, thanks for this new perspective. We might indeed be too modern to appreciate her suffering. 1mo
julieclair @Lcsmcat LOL... Arthur's death would make it a happy ending! 1mo
DivineDiana I do feel sorry for Helen. She obviously made a big mistake. So hope that things turn around for her. 🙏🏻 1mo
Chili Ugh! Helen made a big mistake marrying Arthur and I‘m trying to have empathy for her, but failing big time. She should have listened to her aunt. 🤦🏻‍♀️ 1mo
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