Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Read-A-Long: Second Discussion Post (Chapter 6 - 10)

  • In this chapter, Vincent takes Kate out on a “non-date”. They visited the Eglise Saint-Paul, a church in Lyon, France. She tells him about her childhood, back when she used to play with her friend in the church. Is there a significant place in your life? A place where you can be carefree and elated? Kate has always had an active imagination and was always curious with the ways of the world. Have you ever found yourself wondering how things started out or daydreaming about different things? Vincent then compliments Kate after proving that not only is she pretty but witty as well. Has anyone ever complimented you in any way? How did you feel? He then takes her to a series of Parisian-styled apartments, and he tells her about the art galleries and antiques shops that lined the streets knowing that she would enjoy it. Has anyone ever taken you to a place because they knew you’d like it there? Kate and Vincent started to browse the shops and paused at an antique clothes shop. Vincent asks Kate about the kind of jewelry girls her age liked because he was going to purchase something for a female friend. Kate couldn’t help but feel sad knowing that he had a special someone in his life. Do you think Kate should’ve been jealous? Should she have asked Vincent before jumping into conclusions?

  • As Kate tries to understand what Vincent tells her, Vincent starts to act suspiciously and quickly takes her away. Kate starts to feel confused and alarmed as to why he would act in such a way. If you ever faced a situation similar to this, would you immediately follow or stop and ask questions? Do you think Kate made the right decision following him when she was unsure of what was happening?  Vincent then proceeds to take her to Jules’ studio to keep her away from whatever he was trying to avoid. Jules and Vincent then proceed to have a heated discussion regarding the matter while Kate tries to eavesdrop on them. As their conversation ends, Vincent offers to take Kate home but she declines knowing that she had to figure out what was happening. If someone was hiding something from you, would you be outright and call them out on it or keep it to yourself and wait for them to tell you when they’re ready? Or are you going to do what Kate did and follow them to find what you’re looking for? Would you be like her and take the risk or leave it be? As she she’s Vincent and Jules at the Metro station, she also catches a man jumping from the platform to the train tracks below knowing he was going to get hit. She screams and Vincent goes to soothe her as Jules runs to jump off the platform as well to save the man. If you were to witness something like this, how would you react? Why do you think Jules took the dive knowing there was a bug possibility of him dying in the process?

  • Kate goes into shock after witnessing the accident and Vincent tries to calm her down. Vincent then takes her to his home. As Kate sees Vincent’s “house” she couldn’t help but feel astounded. Vincent lived not in a house but in a hotel. Kate looks around the place in awe and sees a granite fountain of an angel carrying a sleeping woman in his arms. If you were to witness a place this glorious, would you think it was too much or would you just bask in its beauty? As he takes her inside and offers her tea, Kate couldn’t help but feel exasperated seeing Vincent so calm after just witnessing his friend’s death. Do you think Vincent knows more than he’s letting on? That he’s hiding a big secret from Kate?

  • A few weeks have passed and Kate is still plagued with the images of the accident. She tries to push thoughts of Vincent far into the corners of her mind. Her sister, Georgia, notices this asks her about it. Have you ever been in the position where you wanted to tell something to someone you can trust but just couldn’t bring yourself to? Kate then goes to school and start on a project. She goes to the library to do some research and read some old newspaper articles. Imagine her surprise when she sees someone very familiar who died in a fire long ago. Who do you think Kate saw?

  • At the start of the chapter, Kate goes to Vincent’s home to demand answers from him but meets a mysterious person instead. The man tells Kate the Vincent is unavailable at the moment and suggests that she write a letter for him instead. The man offers her tea that the cook, Jeanne, made. As Kate waits for the tea, she starts to compose her message asking Vincent to explain what was happening. She starts to look for Jeanne and stumbles upon a bedroom and sees figure lying on the bed. What she sees drags her further the unknown world that Vincent has taken her to. What do you think Kate saw on the bed? And where do you think Vincent is?
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Bakerette said...

Chapter 6
Sometimes we have no control over what we are jealous of.

Chapter 7
I would like to thinly that I would stop and ask questions but, sometimes in the moment our fight or flight can take over and if Vincent was scared enough of it, maybe she do the right thing by going with him and removing herself from the situation.

Chapter 8
Bask in the beauty. Too few things give us queasy any more, doesn't hurt to take the time to enjoy the small thing whenever possible.

Chapter 9
Following the clues in the book I'm sure it was her Vincent. Can't wait to find out how its connected!

Chapter 10
Since I already continued on to the next chapters and didn't stop at the end of 10 to contemplate this; I can't fairly answer this question.

fluffernutter said...

Chapter 6
I like going to the park in my street, which is a really important place for me. That is where I go to to escape the real world and just daydream. I like going there in the early morning, when no one is there yet and the sprinklers are gone. It feels like being in my own huge private garden where I can get lost in my (sometimes ridiculous) fantasies.
I mostly daydream about things that coul have happened to me if I made another choice sometime in my life and if I was born in another family, in another culture, an another country. It just feels nice to think about impossible things sometimes, it helps me forget.
I think Kate should have asked Vincent before jumping to conclusions, though I dont blame her for being jealous. She IS a fairly normal teenage girls, after all :))

Chapter 7
If I felt like someone was hiding something from me, I would definitely take the risk and follow the person. What can I say? I'm a nosy person, haha.
I would definitely be shocked and afraid if I saw someone jumping in front of a train. I mean, who wouldn't?

Chapter 8
I was sure Vincent was hiding something, but I just wasn't sure what. :))

Chapter 9
I immediately knew that Kate found a picture of someone she knew in the obituaries. I knew it was one of the boys, but I wasn't sure if it was Vincent or another one of the boys.

Chapter 10
I didn't exactly know who it was, I just suspected it was one of the boys, though I was leaning heavily towards Vincent :))

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