The Iliad ~ Book V & Book VI

The Iliad Read-along

I’ve been having some computer problems but am still almost on track as the read continues.  I hope that you’re all enjoying it.  Once you become familiar with the characters, the interplay between and around them is fascinating.  In these next books, we learn more about Diomedes, are introduced to Hektor’s family and learn more about the ancient Greek worldview.  And, of course, the gods work towards fate often in confusing ways, as the story unfolds.

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The Iliad ~ Book III and Book IV

The Iliad Read-along

Book III

The Achaians advance across the plain and the Trojans move to meet them.  Alexandros (Paris) struts out to challenge any of the Argive leaders, yet when Menelaus, the husband of Helen, steps forward, in cowardice Alexandros/Paris shrinks back to disappear among the fighters.  Hektor, shamed by his brother’s behaviour, rebukes him firmly:

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The Iliad ~ Book I & Book II

The Iliad Read-along

Normally with my read-alongs, I post my summaries and comments at the end of the week of the scheduled read to allow people to absorb the work before they read what I have to say.  But this poem can be a little overwhelming on a first read with all its different names and unfamiliar customs, so I’m going to TRY and post as the beginning or middle of the scheduled section.  Hopefully my posts can help you navigate through it and perhaps add some understanding to assist you on your way.

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The Iliad Read-Along and an Introduction

The Iliad Read-along

Well, I’ve been encouraged very nicely by some Goodread’s friends to host a the Iliad read-along in 2020.  Because of my love of Greek literature and always wanting to share that love, I’ve agreed to do it.  It’s probably crazy, piggybacking it on my The House of Mirth read-along, never mind The Art of Loving and The Four Loves read-alongs before that, but those who know me will agree that it’s not surprising.  Ha, ha!

So here we go ….!!!!

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The House of Mirth ~ Book II, Chapter IX – end

The House of Mirth Read-Along

Chapter IX

As Lily takes up her duties with Mrs. Hatch, a divorcee (was this fact the cause of Selden’s peculiar wrath in the last chapter?), she is once again ensconced in luxury and ease to her immediate pleasure.  She has been engaged to help Mrs. Hatch rise in society, however she finds her employer somewhat odd:

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The House of Mirth ~ Book II, Chapters IV – VIII

The House of Mirth Read-Along

Book II

Chapter IV

Lily returns to New York only to find that her aunt Peniston has died.  During the reading of the will, Lily is expected to inherit her aunt’s fortune but Mrs. Peniston has been displeased with Lily’s European travels and perhaps with her behaviour as a whole and has left the bulk of her money to Grace Stepney, giving Lily only ten thousand dollars.  The shock is again born with a resignation by Lily.

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The House of Mirth ~ Book I, Chapter XV & Book II, Chapters I – III

The House of Mirth Read-Along

Chapter XV

Lily awakes the next morning still exhausted but with a clearer view of her circumstances.  Gus Trenor would need to be repaid the nine thousand dollars he has given her and she feels a tired weariness at her predicament.  “She was realizing for the first time that a woman’s dignity may cost more to keep up than her carriage; and that the maintenance of a moral attribute should be dependent on dollars and cents, made the world appear a more sordid place than she had conceived it.”

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The House of Mirth ~ Book I, Chapters X – XIV

The House of Mirth Read-Along

Chapter X

Lily is rather bored at her aunt’s place but is resisting the invitations to Bellomont because of Gus Trenor’s over-familiarity with her.  In a shop, she encounters Gertie Farish, and when Miss Farish tells of the needs of a charitable organization which she supports, in a outpouring of philanthropy, Lily contributes to her cause which gives her a new sensation:

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