This is the first installment of a six week long read-a-long of Lady Audley’s Secret, as hosted by Reading Rambo. It seems like it’s going to be quite a short book – I only realised this evening that I had to have finished four chapters by tomorrow, not just be starting them, but I managed to easily finish them in an hour or so.
I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect – I hadn’t even vaguely heard of Lady Audley’s Secret before signing up. My line of thought went along the lines of ‘Oh look, a read-a-thon of a classic I haven’t read and my friends are doing it too. Awesome! *click*’ I thus know nothing of Lady Audley nor her secret, other than what I have read this evening.
To be fair, however, I pretty much now know what the secret is, unless there’s some huge twist. It’s not like Braddon really tried to hide it, is it? I think I was expecting to have to try and decipher a mysterious secret that is hinted at throughout, but instead we were just kind of handed it on a rather boring plate.
I hope I’m wrong and it’s some kind of red herring. Maybe it’ll turn out that Lady Audley had a criminal past where she used to smuggle pornography into England for the Russian mafia or something.
Robert Audley was supposed to be a barrister. As a barrister was his name inscribed in the law-list; as a barrister he had chambers in Figtree Court, Temple; as a barrister he had eaten the allotted number of dinners, which form the sublime ordeal through which the forensic aspirant wades on to fame and fortune. If these things can make a man a barrister, Robert Audley decidedly was one.
Glad to hear it. I’ll inform my parents that the £13,000 we spent on the Bar was a bargain as I now fulfil all the requirements to be a barrister!
The book has a rather odd beginning and it took me quite a while to get used to – it started in the second person but then slowly filtered off… until it came back. Who writes in the second person!? Who!? Yes yes, Mary Elizabeth Braddon does, I know. Couple that with pages of rambling description about a house and I did struggle to dredge up interest.
|This is almost identical to my ‘it’s second person!?’ expression, I kid you not.|
It started to pick up after more people were introduced – and there are a lot of people. Most of them seem fairly similar to each other but I’m already starting to care about some of them. When Male Character #2 read the notice in the newspaper at the end of Chapter 2, I was quite shocked (and disturbingly pleased). I think it’s starting to show how they’re all linked and I’m looking forward to picking Lady Audley’s Secret up again next week.
It’s almost a shame we had to stop here – just when it was getting interesting! I don’t really feel like I’ve connected with the book yet, but hopefully I’ll be able to tell you more next week 🙂