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Topic: *February RAL Discussion: Chapters 44-52*

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Subject: *February RAL Discussion: Chapters 44-52*
Date Posted: 1/27/2013 10:36 AM ET
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Date Posted: 2/3/2013 11:29 AM ET
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It doesn't hardly seem possible that things can go from as bad as they are to worse.

I'm still leaning toward my feeling that Lavinia's innocence is a bit overdone. There's the further incident of her attempt to leave Marshall, which she can (and probably would) do, if she could leave her daughter behind. Which, of course, she can't.

Then, when Beetie has a difficult delivery, Lavinia tries to stand up to Marshall, which is understandable and commendable, if a losing battle. So, Marshall sells Suki out from under her nose and her world collapses.

This is as far as I am into these chapters. For me, salvaging what I'm finding difficult to believe about someone in Lavinia's position will mean getting her to the point now where she understands -- and I mean fully comprehends and appreciates -- the slaves' position and her own.

It would not be at all incredible to me if they all rise up and kill Marshall. Is this where the story's going? (Rhetorical question!)

Date Posted: 2/7/2013 9:25 AM ET
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In the previous section, Lavinia finds out that Marshall is Belle's son Jamie's father and in this section she is trying to come to terms with that.  About Jamie, do you think his clouded eye was the result of the in-breeding? 

Date Posted: 2/7/2013 9:27 AM ET
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So, what do you think about the relationship with Ben, Belle and Lucy?  Interesting.  Two women loving the same man, sharing him and becoming friends.  Obviously not an ideal situation for anyone (well, except for maybe the man, LOL!), but in this case, given that none of the parties had anywhere to go to and possibly just had to make the best of the situation, was their relationship a good choice for them? 

Date Posted: 2/7/2013 9:34 AM ET
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Another question, this one from the reader's guide.  Why do you think Marhsall was loyal to Rankin, who was a conspirator with Waters?  What drew Marshall to that disgusting, vile man? 

Date Posted: 2/7/2013 10:09 AM ET
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I too found the sub-plot re the relationship between Ben, Lucy and Belle interesting and very tastefully done. In the hands of the wrong author, this could have spoiled the story, turning it into cheese-y erotica. It worked for me. ... Re Rankin/Marshall, I think Rankin was just mean. Of course, we don't know anything about his background, but I think we were only meant to know that he is the stereotypical slave master. Marshall is more complex. A spoiled child without sufficient parental guidance or attention. A temper that caused him to hurt others and for which he never received emotional help to work through. He was a weak man with a lot of power. His attraction to Rankin was predictable as was his demise.
Date Posted: 2/7/2013 10:57 AM ET
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I also thought the relationship between Belle, Ben and Lucy was very well done.  It could have ended up very "Mandingo-y" if you ever read any of that trashy series (that I blush to admit I have!) you know what I mean.  Do you think Rankin also abused Marshall?  It would have made their relationship more difficult and twisted for sure.

Date Posted: 2/7/2013 6:51 PM ET
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>> Do you think Rankin also abused Marshall?<< No, I don't think he did. It would have been risky for Rankin as he was employed by the family. I do think Rankin manipulated Marshall by being aware of his weaknesses.