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.