A Face Like Glass - Discussion through "The Morning Room"
Discussing through "The Morning Room"
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=== As a note, the calendar has been updated with the new chapter listings. We will be reading approximately 1/4 of the book per week ===
Reminder of where we are in the story:
Neverfell is found by Master Grandible wandering his cellars. He discovers that she does not have Faces but naturally shows her emotions and instructs her to wear a mask at all times when visitors come. Neverfell grows up here, never realizing that she does not have a need for Faces.
She meets Madame Appeline when she calls on Master Grandible for a favor, and is taken in by her sad Face. She wishes to help Appeline and so Neverfell sends her a sample of a cheese to help her behind Grandible's back. When he finds out she's done this he is at a loss, feeling that she has put the both of them in danger.
Neverfell chases a rabbit to a hidden hole and finds an exit to the caverns she has lived in her whole life. She follows the rabbit and hopes she can find Madame Appeline and ask for the sample back, as she wasn't supposed to give it in the first place. Neverfell runs into a girl named Zouelle who hopes to use Neverfell in one of her schemes. The scheme fails when Neverfell's face is revealed and she is sent away to be questioned.
Someone attempts to kill Neverfell during the questioning, and then she is rescued/bought by Maxim Childersin. She is only with his family for a short time when she reveals bits and pieces of old memories. Neverfell asks Maxim if there is a way to learn if her memories were taken from her by a Wine. He gives her a sample, but all she can remember is being pulled away from someone.
Childersin says that since she wants to find out about her past at any cost that he will bring her to the banquet (the same banquet at which the Stackfalter Sturton cheese is being revealed) to see if she remembers anything about any of the attendees, or if they seem to remember her.
Ideas for discussion:
1) What do you think of the story so far? Any thoughts about the various characters (Neverfell, Grandible, Appeline, Childerson, Zouelle, etc)?
2) Why do you think Childersin is helping Neverfell?
3) Is there anything about the world this book takes place in that you are hoping to learn more of before the book is over?
4) How you you feel about Grandible's choice to keep Neverfell hidden away? How about his choice to pull himself away from the Court?
5) Anything else you want to say?
Monday, January 27th
Through "A Drop of Madness"