Pink VI Week 3 in Review

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Today’s post is written by Betty.

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Chapters 17 – 25

Eloise goes to Colin’s study to use the computer to find out which country the mysterious phone call came from – United Arab Emirates. Beside the computer were a number of article clipped together – all about Dubai. In the bookcase behind Colin’s desk were numerous guides to Middle Eastern countries. Of course Eloise wonders if Colin might be a spy. She searches his desk drawers and finds a folder with receipts from a recent trip to Dubai. The bottom drawer is locked, but she discovers part of a mysterious note on the floor. The next day, Eloise awakens alone and finds a note from Colin wishing her happy hunting. She notices the door to his study is closed on her way to the kitchen. Eloise takes coffee to the library to work, but is distracted. After a not so helpful call to Pammy, Eloise decides to take a walk to the old Norman tower on the property. Colin had previously warned her away from it for safety reasons. She notices the padlock is not completely closed, so decides to enter. She is surprised to see a large metal object in the center of the dim room. The shadow of a man behind her blocks the light.

Back in the 19th century, Charlotte questions the real Dr. Simmons at the insane hospital, finding out that the treatments proposed for the king are ones being used at that time. Returning to Loring House with Henrietta, they are surprised to find Robert lurking there, claiming he left his snuffbox that morning. Suspecting he has come for reconciliation, Henrietta leaves them alone in the foyer while the butler looks for the snuffbox. Charlotte thinks it is a ploy, and is convinced of such when she sees a note partially stuffed up Robert’s sleeve after he had been surreptitiously thumbing through the correspondence tray. She recognizes Medmenham’s handwriting and demands he give it back just as the butler appears with Robert’s snuffbox. While apologizing and saying he does care about Charlotte’s future, but won’t return to see her unless she wants him to, Robert leaves, and Charlotte realizes he has taken the note.

Robert and Tommy head for a meeting at a Gentlemen’s Club where they are ushered to an upstairs room to meet with a representative from the War Office, who is none other than Miles. They explain about Wrothan and his possible connection to a French spy. Since the Hellfire Club plans to assemble at the theater the next evening and leave afterward for a secret meeting, Miles takes Henrietta and Charlotte to the theater. There they spy a group of gentlemen in Medmenham’s box, including Robert. During a break, everyone ends up in Miles’s box. Robert asks to call on Charlotte the next day. Medmenham flirts with Charlotte to anger Robert. Medmenham’s group leaves for another engagement and Miles excuses himself to attend a card game. Charlotte spies the fake Dr. Simmons in the pit, and she and Henrietta decide to follow him.

Traveling through narrow twisted streets in an unsavory part of town, Henrietta assures Charlotte of their safety by pulling two pistols out of her reticule. One of the funniest lines occurs when Henrietta explains how easy it is to use a pistol – “You point. They run. Don’t worry! Yours isn’t loaded.” True Henrietta style – that would really reassure me – not! At this point Charlotte realizes their adventure is only too real, not something out of a book. ‘Dr. Simmons’ stops outside a rundown ale house and emerging from his sedan chair dressed in a hooded monk’s robe, enters a shabby church beside it. Henrietta and Charlotte agree to enter from different points. While Charlotte is exploring the nave, she hears voices, and a bell tolls as dark-robed men enter from the opposite end. Unbeknownst to Charlotte, these are the Hellfire Club members. While robing in the back, Robert spied Wrothan and heard him talking to a man with a French accent. Robert lines up in front of them as they file in. He overhears a conversation and disagreement regarding a ransom. The ceremony begins with the lighting of a torch that sets off fireworks exposing Charlotte. Robert rushes to grab her and carry her out while Wrothan and the Frenchman escape.

Safely outside, Robert tries to figure out what Charlotte is doing there when Henrietta appears. Following her through the graveyard she stumbles over the body of ‘Dr. Simmons’ who is really Wrothan. Miles and Tommy arrive while Robert is questioning the ladies. Charlotte notices the smell of incense on Robert’s clothes and identifies it as the same scent she smelled on the king. Robert say it is opium. Putting all the clues together, Charlotte explains she thinks Simmons/Wrothan had a plan to kidnap the king. They all hurry to the palace, go in through the library entrance, and find the king restrained and moaning in his bed. While talking to the king, Charlotte realizes the man is an actor – the real king has been abducted!

These chapters were packed with so much action and suspense. Henrietta’s and Charlotte’s escapades reminded me so much of Henrietta’s actions in The Masque of the Black Tulip. She is one gutsy woman! Were you surprised at Charlotte’s willingness to go along with Henrietta and her ability to take charge? This seemed so out of character for shy, quiet Charlotte. I felt like her true self was finally emerging. She began to step out of her fantasy world and operate in the real world. I think Charlotte actually surprised herself. What do you think?

Lauren also treated us to more of a glimpse into the minds of both Robert and Charlotte as we were privy to their most personal thoughts. Charlotte kept going back and forth over her feelings for Robert, one minute wondering if she had been too hard on him, then thinking that he really didn’t care for her as she did for him. She really had a hard time trying to separate the real Robert from the Robert in her fantasy world of knights and unicorns. Robert struggled with whether he was worthy of Charlotte and whether he should tell her the truth. Some of the princess in the tower references made me think he felt Charlotte was above him. This is the kind of insight that makes me get involved in a character. What are your thoughts about Robert and Charlotte and the way they related to each other?

One last thought – as for Colin and Eloise, how many think Colin has continued in the family business and is a spy? Was Eloise justified in searching through his computer and desk drawers?

I’m really hoping to hear your thoughts!

Chapters 17 – 25

Eloise goes to Colin’s study to use the computer to find out which country the mysterious phone call came from – United Arab Emirates. Beside the computer were a number of article clipped together – all about Dubai. In the bookcase behind Colin’s desk were numerous guides to Middle Eastern countries. Of course Eloise wonders if Colin might be a spy. She searches his desk drawers and finds a folder with receipts from a recent trip to Dubai. The bottom drawer is locked, but she discovers part of a mysterious note on the floor. The next day, Eloise awakens alone and finds a note from Colin wishing her happy hunting. She notices the door to his study is closed on her way to the kitchen. Eloise takes coffee to the library to work, but is distracted. After a not so helpful call to Pammy, Eloise decides to take a walk to the old Norman tower on the property. Colin had previously warned her away from it for safety reasons. She notices the padlock is not completely closed, so decides to enter. She is surprised to see a large metal object in the center of the dim room. The shadow of a man behind her blocks the light.

Back in the 19th century, Charlotte questions the real Dr. Simmons at the insane hospital, finding out that the treatments proposed for the king are ones being used at that time. Returning to Loring House with Henrietta, they are surprised to find Robert lurking there, claiming he left his snuffbox that morning. Suspecting he has come for reconciliation, Henrietta leaves them alone in the foyer while the butler looks for the snuffbox. Charlotte thinks it is a ploy, and is convinced of such when she sees a note partially stuffed up Robert’s sleeve after he had been surreptitiously thumbing through the correspondence tray. She recognizes Medmenham’s handwriting and demands he give it back just as the butler appears with Robert’s snuffbox. While apologizing and saying he does care about Charlotte’s future, but won’t return to see her unless she wants him to, Robert leaves, and Charlotte realizes he has taken the note.

Robert and Tommy head for a meeting at a Gentlemen’s Club where they are ushered to an upstairs room to meet with a representative from the War Office, who is none other than Miles. They explain about Wrothan and his possible connection to a French spy. Since the Hellfire Club plans to assemble at the theater the next evening and leave afterward for a secret meeting, Miles takes Henrietta and Charlotte to the theater. There they spy a group of gentlemen in Medmenham’s box, including Robert. During a break, everyone ends up in Miles’s box. Robert asks to call on Charlotte the next day. Medmenham flirts with Charlotte to anger Robert. Medmenham’s group leaves for another engagement and Miles excuses himself to attend a card game. Charlotte spies the fake Dr. Simmons in the pit, and she and Henrietta decide to follow him.

Traveling through narrow twisted streets in an unsavory part of town, Henrietta assures Charlotte of their safety by pulling two pistols out of her reticule. One of the funniest lines occurs when Henrietta explains how easy it is to use a pistol – “You point. They run. Don’t worry! Yours isn’t loaded.” True Henrietta style – that would really reassure me – not! At this point Charlotte realizes their adventure is only too real, not something out of a book. ‘Dr. Simmons’ stops outside a rundown ale house and emerging from his sedan chair dressed in a hooded monk’s robe, enters a shabby church beside it. Henrietta and Charlotte agree to enter from different points. While Charlotte is exploring the nave, she hears voices, and a bell tolls as dark-robed men enter from the opposite end. Unbeknownst to Charlotte, these are the Hellfire Club members. While robing in the back, Robert spied Wrothan and heard him talking to a man with a French accent. Robert lines up in front of them as they file in. He overhears a conversation and disagreement regarding a ransom. The ceremony begins with the lighting of a torch that sets off fireworks exposing Charlotte. Robert rushes to grab her and carry her out while Wrothan and the Frenchman escape.

Safely outside, Robert tries to figure out what Charlotte is doing there when Henrietta appears. Following her through the graveyard she stumbles over the body of ‘Dr. Simmons’ who is really Wrothan. Miles and Tommy arrive while Robert is questioning the ladies. Charlotte notices the smell of incense on Robert’s clothes and identifies it as the same scent she smelled on the king. Robert say it is opium. Putting all the clues together, Charlotte explains she thinks Simmons/Wrothan had a plan to kidnap the king. They all hurry to the palace, go in through the library entrance, and find the king restrained and moaning in his bed. While talking to the king, Charlotte realizes the man is an actor – the real king has been abducted!

These chapters were packed with so much action and suspense. Henrietta’s and Charlotte’s escapades reminded me so much of Henrietta’s actions in The Masque of the Black Tulip. She is one gutsy woman! Were you surprised at Charlotte’s willingness to go along with Henrietta and her ability to take charge? This seemed so out of character for shy, quiet Charlotte. I felt like her true self was finally emerging. She began to step out of her fantasy world and operate in the real world. I think Charlotte actually surprised herself. What do you think?

Lauren also treated us to more of a glimpse into the minds of both Robert and Charlotte as we were privy to their most personal thoughts. Charlotte kept going back and forth over her feelings for Robert, one minute wondering if she had been too hard on him, then thinking that he really didn’t care for her as she did for him. She really had a hard time trying to separate the real Robert from the Robert in her fantasy world of knights and unicorns. Robert struggled with whether he was worthy of Charlotte and whether he should tell her the truth. Some of the princess in the tower references made me think he felt Charlotte was above him. This is the kind of insight that makes me get involved in a character. What are your thoughts about Robert and Charlotte and the way they related to each other?

One last thought – as for Colin and Eloise, how many think Colin has continued in the family business and is a spy? Was Eloise justified in searching through his computer and desk drawers?

I’m really hoping to hear your thoughts!

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4 thoughts on “Pink VI Week 3 in Review

  1. I think Eloise’s imagination got the best of her and she got ahead of herself when she searched Colin’s study. She is a researcher and she looks for clues. I wasn’t too surprised that she searched the study. Even though she can Colin are dating, she doesn’t know a lot about him.

    I agree with you about Charlotte and Robert. I think Charlotte imagined Robert as a fairy tale Prince and needed to figure it all out when she saw the real man. He’s not exactly what she imagined.

    • Good point, Susan that Eloise is a researcher. She’s probably conditioned herself to hunt down information. And Colin doesn’t really seem to be the talkative type.

      Yeah, Charlotte hasn’t had many real world experiences, while Robert has.

  2. You can see why Henrietta and Amy get along so well; they both have that act now, think about the consequences later hutzpah! I often find myself wanting to just whack Charlotte and Robert over the head with a cast iron skillet a la “Tangled” for refusing to just talk to the other, but Henrietta and Miles make me laugh.

    • Agree, Carmabeth. It was such a back and forth situation between Robert and Charlotte. It seemed like they couldn’t get back on the same page after the initial reunion – communication, communication!

      And Henrietta with her gun is so hilarious!

      Thanks for your comments.

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