It would be great to hear what questions or thoughts you have for the portion of the book we've read thus far. If you've blogged about it, let me know as well so that I can highlight your post on this site -- we'll be able to jump on and comment on your post and insights!
- In Chapter 44, Helen's mother begins to tell her story. It starts, "When I was a girl, I lived in the tiny village of P-- in Transylvania, very close to the Arges River." The town name is omitted -- why do you think this is done?
- In Chapter 45, Rossi meets up with Georgescu outside of the Snagov Monastery. Upon being introduced to the abbot of the monastery, Paul cannot kiss his ring as Georgescu does. "I caught my name in the introductions and bowed to the monk as gracefully as I could, though I couldn't bring myself to kiss his ring." Why is that?
- What areas of the book intrigued you so much that you don't want to miss out on discussing with the group?
- Let me know if you've blogged about it so we can highlight it on this site and we can jump on to comment on your posts!
|From decafinata on Flickr and globalvoicesonline.org|
|Esztergom -- first capital of the Hungarian Kings from 10th to 13th centuries|
|Lake Snagov and Monastery|
|Ed's Trip Site|
|Ed's Trip Site|
|Vlad's Birthplace in Sighisoara|
|Saint Irine Monastery Gates|
|Interior of Saint Irine|
"The most remarkable of many remarkable sights we saw here today, as we prowled the old streets and ruins, was Dracula's watchtower, or rather a handsome restoration of it done in the nineteenth century. Georgescu, like a good archaeologist, turns up his Scotch-Romany nose at restorations, explaining that in this case the crenellations around the top aren't quite right; but what can you expect, he asked me tartly, when historians begin using their imaginations? Whether or not the restoration is quite accurate, what Georgescu told me about that tower gave me a shiver. It was used by Vlad Dracula not only as a lookout in that era of frequent Turkish invasions but also as a vantage point from which to view the impalements that were carried out in the court below." (Chapter 46)
|Vlad Dracula's Watchtower|
Yours in Profoundest Grief,