in case you are interested

As ever, open to anyone who has read the book and would like to come.

Miss Lucy Snowe is an amazing creation and uncomfortable company. The story is her creature — she controls what she tells, much the way M. Paul, her perplexing colleague, cuts objectionable pages out of the novels he lends her. She shares a smothering, strange tale of hard practicalities, dualities, repression and passions refracted through a fierce and thwarted intelligence. It's perfect reading for gloomy fall nights.

On deck for December 10: Mrs. Havisham, Estella and Pip.

Image: Gwen John: Self portrait, 1902.