The winner of the set of Pink comics is Jennifer, whose favorite scene is Amy and Richard’s ride on the river boat, and whose iPad chose an inconvenient moment to die on her. Congratulations, Jennifer! If you will email me your mailing address at firstname.lastname@example.org, I will see that your prize is on its way to you ASAP. I’m sorry I can’t give a prize to everyone, but another giveaway is coming on Monday, and I’m very excited about it!
Favorite moment from this week’s section of The Secret History of the Pink Carnation? The Uppington invasion of the Hotel de Balcourt. I had completely forgotten that Richard’s entire family (plus Miles) descends on him unannounced – somehow I only remembered the Marchioness and Henrietta. Watching Miles and Henrietta tease each other was fun, and you can’t help but feel Richard’s exasperation at the way his mother is trying to manage everything for him. You know what I found interesting about this scene? Somehow, it’s possible to forget Geoff is there. He never says a word! Other characters talk about him or to him, but he never speaks – he blends completely into the background. Now that I think about it, Geoff never made it onto Delaroche’s list of possible suspects for the Purple Gentian. He suspects Marston, Edouard, Augustus, Richard, but never Geoff. Geoff is a British aristocrat who spends a good deal of time traveling back and forth between England and France. You’d think he would be worthy of just as much of Delaroche’s attention as Richard is currently enjoying. Geoff has an uncanny ability to make himself unremarkable. He’s a lot like Jane that way.
Another great moment from this section is the first time we see Jane’s spirit – the fiercely protective and (dare we say it?) dangerous side that she keeps hidden just below the surface of her usual cool grace. We see a glimpse here of the Jane that is to come. When Marston attacks Amy earlier in the Luxembourg Gardens, she’s shocked that he would do such a thing. She’s “gently bred,” and no one has ever laid a hand on her (or probably even spoken to her) in violence. But Jane never makes the mistake of underestimating what Marston’s capable of, and she shows no fear. She knows exactly how to make sure that Marston never causes a problem for Amy again, and she lays down the law with authority. This is making me anxious for Pink XII. I can’t wait to read a story that’s entirely about Jane.
Does it stretch believability at all that someone who is as successful a spy as the Purple Gentian could be oblivious to the fact that he’s being tailed? Delaroche has been getting reports on Richard’s every move for at least three days in a row. Is Richard getting overconfident? Is he distracted by Amy? Or is this just a new level of unexpected and intense scrutiny that Delaroche is subjecting him to?
In the modern chapters, I enjoyed watching Eloise’s animosity towards Serena melt away in the face of Serena’s sickness. It’s hard to hate a girl for being too perfect to be real when you’ve just had to hold her hair back while she’s sick. Also, it’s been a while sense we’ve heard anyone call Eloise “Ellie.” I thought that was cute.
What jumped out at you from this section of Pink I?
Happy Friday, and have a wonderful weekend.