Happy Friday! I will be handing this post off to Erin momentarily, but I’m jumping in to announce the winner of The Masque of the Black Tulip giveaway. Congratulations to mkc28! If you will email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, I will get your book in the mail as soon as possible. Thanks to all of you who entered the giveaway and shared it with others. I wish I had a book to give each of you, but keep following along! There are plenty more giveaways coming up in the next ten months as we work our way through the Pinks.
And now, I will leave you in Erin’s capable hands to chat about Pink II, chapters 1-11. Enjoy!
Welcome to the first recap of The Masque of the Black Tulip. So how is everybody doing so far? Are we enjoying getting to know Henrietta and Miles again or for the first time? I know I am. I missed how funny and droll Henrietta is. It was mentioned in the first recaps from Pink I about the sense of humor in the books and I often find myself laughing out loud and snorting – yes, I snort and will admit it. What are some of your snorting moments? The first that really got me good was Eloise, on her way to Selwick Hall, contemplating to herself about her dissertation and what the department does to attenuated graduate students who don’t produce a pile of paper. “From what I understand, they’re quietly shuffled out of the Harvard history department by dead of night and fed to a relentless horde of academic-eating crocodiles.”
As we start chapter 2, we find Henrietta in her parlor with a letter from Jane. But it isn’t just any letter. It’s a letter from the Pink Carnation to her correspondent. After 7 long years, Hen finally gets to be part of a spy league. I thought the way that Jane came up with her Lexicon and coded her dispatches was genius. Because really, who wants to read about who attended what and what they wore?
I have really enjoyed the observations from both Hen and Miles, especially the points that cross over with previous opinions from Pink I from different characters. For example, Miles’ view on Almacks is very similar to Richards, which I can see since they are best friends. Also, Miles was to Richard what Henrietta is to Jane as their correspondents. Particular Genius, I think anyway.
Continuing on, so far the only one to start noticing the other in that particular way is Henrietta. It starts as jealousy over the Hussy: Theresa Ballinger, Marquise de Montval. It continues when Miles doesn’t show up on time the next day at Hen’s, and she comes to the conclusion that he was out late with the Marquise, since they both disappeared from Almacks at the same time. It gets even better when Hen finds out that he took the Marquise driving in the park. Hen’s quip in response to the Marquise’s suggestion that her opinions change because she is young but will settle when older is priceless. “Yes, I imagine that’s what happens when on can’t get about as much. Do you suffer from stiffness of the joints? My mother has an excellent remedy for it if you do.” Of course, Miles is understandably perplexed about why Hen is being so mean. Boys. They never get it.
As in the first Pink, Lauren has mentioned many more characters that we get to know so well in later books. We meet Penelope and Charlotte, along with Lord Vaughn and Mary and Letty Alsworthy. I can’t wait to continue the story and see who else we meet and see how the pull between Miles and Hen gets stronger. What were your observations this time around?