Monday, November 2, 2009

BC Discussion ?s: The Thirteenth Tale

For the month of October, we read Diane Setterfield's The Thirteenth Tale. The following are some of the discussion questions we used:

1. Books play a major role in this novel. There are stories within stories, all inextricably intertwined. Discuss the various roles of books, stories, and writing in this novel.

2. Compare and contrast Margaret, Miss Winter, and Aurelius--the three "ghosts" of the novel who are also each haunted by their pasts.

3. What is the significance of Jane Eyre to the story?

4. Do you think it is harder to keep a secret or confess the complete truth? +/-

5. Why do you think Margaret's sister's death affected her so profoundly? If her parents had told her the truth about her twin, would Margaret still be haunted?

6. Much of the novel takes place in two grand estates--Angelfield and then Miss Winter's. How are the houses reflections of their inhabitants?

7. How is the last minute leaving out of “the thirteenth tale” symbolic of the novel? What is the thirteenth tale?

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