The Summer Before the War
(I have not read the third section so I do not know the answers to some of these questions.)
How did you feel about the way the villagers reacted to the refugees?
Is Helen Simonson able to pull off both the comedy of polite society manners of the time
and the reality of war? What were your favorite comedy scenes and what were the most
touching war scenes?
Hugh and Daniel. The odd couple. What do you think about those two?
Is Daniel in love with Craigmore?
What Rye happenings seemed the most humorous to you? The “Board” meetings, the
repartee between the characters, the fete/parade….?
Lord North; "Writers," he said loudly. "Always writing instead of doing. And then they have the most extraordinary opinions."
"A man of action is always to be preferred," said Mr. Tillingham.
"Of course all such heroes require a scribe to record their great deeds, and I am your humble servant, Lord North."
I like how Mr. Tillingham did not take offense. I suppose his ego did not allow it. :o)
Hugh to Daniel:
"But meanwhile, Daniel, you simply must recover your composure. No good can come from physical or emotional dishevelment."
"I'm not sure I can face anyone." (Daniel)
"For goodness' sake, it's only Beatrice and Celeste," he said. "You and Miss Celeste can look pale and interesting together. Of course, she's come from a war zone. Perhaps her situation will help your sense of perspective."
(I thought this picture from Downton Abbey would remind us of the WWI uniforms.)
These two make me laugh. They are a little like the odd couple aren't they?
I like that the author included refugees in the story. This is not something I have read much about.
Daniel is the wrong person to go to war. I can't see him surviving it.
As section two ends...I wonder who will die in the war?
I wonder if Hugh and Beatrice end up together. I hope so.
Please share you thoughts about this lovely book in the comments!
thank you jep for the questions