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Old 11-18-2019, 12:31 AM   #34
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Originally Posted by issybird View Post
Add to that Gilbert's slowness on the uptake. Who didn't know from the start that Helen wasn't really a widow? That the concealed portrait was of her husband? That Frederick Lawrence was her brother? And there was the awkward business of Arthur's addressing Helen by her first name, when "Miss Lawrence" would have given the show away. Except that we knew, anyway, and the awkward device just emphasized this. The whole book I was just waiting for the reveal on various people and events that I knew were going to happen.
Interesting. I hadn't notice that Arthur was addressing her by her first name. At 24% I wrote a note "are they family - cousins or siblings?". At 42% she mentions a brother and that's when I knew exactly what he was, but I was unsure up until that point although I figured they were family relations of some sort. From the beginning sections before the diary, the reader suspects that Gilbert & Helen have a history and perhaps marriage. So, I agree in many cases you were just waiting for the reveal of what you suspected/knew.
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