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* MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS
My apologies for not being able to keep up with my own read-along! Every time I sit down to write, I get interrupted. Hopefully, some of you are still with me. Let’s just throw that reading schedule out the window and keep moving along the best we can.
In chapters IV to VII, we dive a little bit deeper into Dr. Jordan’s character. We discover the anxieties that plague him: a sick, yet still overbearing mother from afar, the indecision about whether to marry and settle down, and the pressure to prove himself professionally to his peers and those with an interest in Grace’s case. There is always a shadow across Dr. Jordan’s thoughts and dreams, a darker side to his personality that appears to be slowly disintegrating.
Grace has come to enjoy his company, but was being coy during their initial interviews. She can sense that Dr. Jordan is losing his motivation, so she tells him about her childhood in Ireland and how she came to Canada. In Toronto, she begins working as a servant, a good job for a girl coming from an poor immigrant family, but not without its hazards. While serving in the household of an influential family, Grace meets Mary Whitney, a young girl who not only shows her the ropes, but is the first person with whom Grace comes to know true friendship. Mary is self-assured and and quite happy to share her wisdom about the ways of the world. It is the happiest time in Grace’s life until tragedy strikes.
In these chapters, Dr. Jordan gave me the impression of a predator who is under the radar, always observing women young and old. The way women look, smell and move, trying to penetrate their intelligence or sexuality. Yet Dr. Jordan also seems uncomfortable in social situations. His troubles have paralyzed and worn him out, so he merely muddles through each situation.
The only person Dr. Jordan seems relaxed around is Grace Marks. I don’t detect any sexual tension, but there is definitely an affinity between them. This connection made me realize how much Dr. Jordan is putting on his own masks and playing “the game” just like Grace is in order to survive his time in Kingston.
1. Why do you think Dr. Jordan is so comfortable with Grace? What is their connection?
2. Is it possible Grace might be embellishing her story to keep Dr. Jordan hooked?
3. Do you think Dr. Jordan is truly interested in finding out the truth or using his time with Grace as a distraction?
Post your thoughts in the comment section below. Happy reading!