If you haven't read the book, why not join in and read along with the rest of us? Of course, you would need to read The Wee Free Men first, but that’s a short book and you could finish it a few minutes!
You can find links to everyone else’s thoughts at Dab of Darkness.
This week we read through to the end of Chapter 6
1) Awf'ly Wee Billy, the gonnagle, comes up with a plan, the PLN. First, do you like the basic idea? Second, what was your favorite part of the execution of the PLN?
How can you not love a plan named “The PLN”? It is daring and requires a great deal of mental and physical strength, so we can expect it to be somewhat of a disaster as the Feegles are not known for their mind power! :D
The whole thing was hilarious, as one would expect, but there were several aspects that took it beyond the point of total silliness and it is so difficult to choose a favorite . . . I liked the way in which both the carter and stage-driver could become so conveniently blind and deaf (and unable to smell ferret droppings) when large chunks of gold were flashed about. I loved the new lease of life that struck Henry the cart horse. I particularly enjoyed his lascivious thoughts about the mares pulling the stage coach. However, I think that my real favorite was the reaction of the coach passengers to the wee Feegle head popping out through the flies of the trousers. I want to see this scene at the cinema SO badly! :D
2) Miss Level has a philosophy of 'storing it in other people'. How do you like this philosophy and do you know any witchy people in life who might be secretly following it?
It all seems a bit like karma to me, but it is certainly an excellent way of helping a community to pull together. I liked the way that Miss Level was so impressed by Granny’s ability to get people to do things for each other and themselves.
I try to ‘do unto others’ and all that, although I find it rather difficult with some people and I could probably do more. I have lots of friends who are very generous with their time and energy, but I am not sure that any of them are quite as selfless as Miss Level is. However, I would say that the US has a much stronger culture of charity and volunteering than the UK.
3) We finally get to meet some other witchlings, such as Petulia and Annagramma. What do you make of Tiffany's first meeting with them?
Good grief! With friends like Annagramma, who needs enemies?
Petulia seemed rather nice, if a little crazy, and the others would probably be fine if they were away from Annagramma’s influence, but at the moment I would advise Tiffany to stay as far as possible from the little group. I am probably not a very nice person, because I am really hoping that something intensely horrible happens to Annagramma, who is in desperate need of having her ego crushed a little . . . for her own good, you understand.
4) The Hiver has finally found Tiffany and Miss Level has finally met the Feegle. How do you think Tiffany will fair against the Hiver and how much damage do you think will be done (either by the Hiver or the Feegle)?
I was very surprised about how easily the Hiver seized control of Tiffany. I had expected a period of fighting for control, but it seemed to be a fairly instantaneous transition. This strikes me as very worrying and I am very concerned about Tiffany’s ability to regain control of her body. At the moment it looks very unlikely that we will ever see the old Tiffany again, but I have faith that our heroine will be victorious. I do wonder what mischief the Hiver will create during its tenure, and whether Tiffany will ever be able to undo the damage to her reputation.
As for the Feegles, I know that they will not mean to break anything, but they are not the most careful of individuals . . .
Interesting Fact of the Week
William McGonagall was widely considered to be the worst poet in British History. For more about his Vogon-esque ability to make people’s ears explode, you can check out his page on Wikipedia, but I will not be held responsible for any injuries incurred! :D