I like your commentary which helps me to better understand the novel. I enjoyed the musings how Mrs. Dean’s son had come to his name and the antics of Mr. Dean. Maybe we can read one of the author’s later novels next.beeber wrote: ↑January 3rd, 2021, 5:44 pmChapter 4 is ready for PL.
It's interesting to watch this author shifting between her different goals — the different things she wants to do.
In this chapter:
(a) she wants to sketch the kind of person who lives in the village, so she spends a lot of time on Mrs. Deans' life and her household;
(b) she wants to give us tidbits about village life in general, so she spends time on the itinerant rag collector;
(c) she wants to continue deepening our understanding of Myron, so she returns at the end of the chapter to thoughts about how Myron is handling things.
The shifts between these interests are pretty obvious — maybe a bit abrupt — in this, which is, after all, her first novel. I suppose a more polished artist might interweave the strands more gracefully.
PL is fine.