Something Strange and Deadly Read Along – Week 2

October 18, 2012 Read Along 6

So this week it’s week 2 of the Something Strange and Deadly Read Along being hosted by Brittany at The Book Addict’s Guide.

I am REALLY enjoying this book and will be sorry when I’ve finished it because I’ll have to wait until next year for the follow up

 A Darkness Strange and Lovely

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Week 2 Questions:

1. On page 101, Eleanor is reading Elijah’s letter where he mentions the mysterious Gas Ring and how once they see their errors, “Father will be most proud” – Eleanor corrects the tense by saying he would have been proud, not will be and that Elijah never got used to referring to their father in the past tense once he passed away. What do you make of this “mistake”? Is there more to this mistake than Eleanor realizes or was it just an innocent oversight? 

I think Eleanor was very quick to defend Elijah’s mistake here, and just shrugged it off. Was it really just an innocent mistake? Elijah wrote the letter a good 2 or 3 years after their father’s death so you would assume he’d have started to refer to him in the past tense by now, wouldn’t he?! Hmm, I think there may be more to this!

2. We first hear about the grimoires in this section which Jie explains are books of black magic. What roles do you think these books will play in the story? Since Elijah has clearly involved with grimoires, do you think it’s for the side of good or the side of evil?

I’m starting to think Elijah might be on the side of evil. Now I might be wrong but … I have this suspicion! When Eleanor finds out that two of the Germantown Academy boys have been found dead she runs off to tell the Spirit Hunters as she thinks Elijah may be a target. Now, Elijah told Eleanor that older boys were tormenting him at Germantown. Clarence is older than Elijah. Two of Clarence’s friends have died. Is this a coincidence or planned? If it’s planned and they were purposely targeted could it have been as an act of revenge? By Elijah? Dun, dun, duh, it’s a real whodunnit!

3. We start to question a lot of Clarence’s actions at motives in this section of chapters. Do you think he has it in for the Spirit-Hunters? Why does Daniel warn Eleanor against him, and what business does he have with Peger?

Hmm, I’m disliking Clarence more and more with each new bit I read about him.

On page 121 Daniel hinted at past trouble in his life and that he’s “got a lot of making up to do” and he works for Mr Boyer as “there aint a nobler man than Mr Boyer”. Could Daniel’s past troubles be the reason he’s “almighty scared of Clarence Wilcox”?
I don’t at this point think Clarence has it in for the Spirit Hunters in general but given what Daniel said I think if Clarence found out Daniel was a Spirit Hunter he wouldn’t take it lightly.

Why does Clarence have his footman, Willis, by his side constantly? Why’s he afraid to be on his own?

I think Clarence is possibly paying Peger to control what gets published in the newspaper and/or using him as a private investigator. I’m not sure why yet though.

4. Eleanor and Jie discuss the roles and limited freedoms of women, especially regarding clothes and “proper behaviour”. We know that Jie has been disguising herself as a boy so she will not have to abide by the silly rules that women are supposed to follow. When asked, Eleanor says that she has no choice but to obey, and Jie tells her “You always have a choice” (p166). We’ve come along way since Eleanor’s time in the nineteenth century, but do you think certain “rules” like these still exist? Women and men are equal in today’s Western societies, but are there any “norms” that women are still restricted from that men have full freedom to pursue?

Wow, this is a hard one. I think the main things that come to my mind is that women are perceived to act a certain way if they dress a certain way, like with short skirts, skimpy clothes etc. That’s a very sexist attitude but one that’s found A LOT. Likewise it’s frowned upon for women to swear/curse but it’s OK for men to do it. Don’t get me wrong, it doesn’t sound nice when anyone does it but it’s not frowned upon quite as much when a man does it. This questions has had me stumped and I’ve been thinking about this for a few days. I’m interested to know what everyone else comes up with.

4. Chapter 14 ends with quite the cliffhanger! What do you think this spirit is all about? Do you think it’s connected to the Dead at all or is this a separate entity? Why is it specifically connected with Eleanor? 

I really don’t know on this one. I *think* it may be separate but I don’t know what it wants with Eleanor. Is there a way it could be a good spirit and may be trying to protect her or warn her of something? I just don’t know!


“My dearest daughter has found a rich man. I am so pleased. Your brother may have abandoned us to poverty, but you can still save us.” – Mrs Fitt

“Eleanor, you cannot work! What will people say? They will think you belong to the lower class!” – Mrs Fitt

“Life still needed living even if there was something strange and deadly going on in Philadelphia” – Eleanor

“You have the curiosity of a cat and the common sense of a goldfish” – Daniel to Eleanor

“Mama wanted me to remember my Grecian bend. It was a popular stance for ladies these days: bottom thrust back and high, and chest pushed forward and low. Supposedly it was an enticing pose to the modern man. I couldn’t imagine why since it made us look like camels who expected at any moment to be ridden by our masters” – Eleanor

” ‘Biddable? Biddable!’ Somehow my voice was even screechier than before. I kicked my bottom high and dipped my chest low – a perfect display of the Grecian bend. ‘If it’s a camel you wish to have, sir, then you’re on the wrong continent’ ” – Eleanor to Clarence

“Eleanor, you have a choice. You always have a choice” – Jie

So, there you have it. There’s my break down of week 2. If you’d like to check out Something Strange and Deadly on Goodreads then you can click on the Goodreads button below to be taken to its page.

6 Responses to “Something Strange and Deadly Read Along – Week 2”

  1. Brittany

    Kelly, you always have such great answers!
    I know, doesn’t it seem like they’re starting to lead us down the path of “Elijah is heading towards evil”? It’s like, we want to be on Eleanor’s side but there are SO many doubts twisting and taking us in both directions!

  2. Kelly

    I thought I’d replied to this already, maybe I didn’t submit it 🙁
    I definitely feel somethings’s up with Elijah! I haven’t read the chapters for week 3 yet but I’m intrigued now I’ve seen the week 3 questions! I NEED to know what’s going on!

  3. Melody

    I really like your answer for number two!

    That didn’t even cross my mind so I am glad that you mentioned it, I agree about the cursing.

    Mrs Fitt is quite the character! Love all the quotes you mentioned!

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