Ivanhoe Read-along: Week 4 RecapDecember 21, 2014
I was halfway through writing a detailed, spoiler-ific synopsis when I realized that Rachelle did a much better, succinct job of it. Go check out her recap for the big picture of what happened this week.
After her awesomeness last week, I found myself rolling my eyes at Rebecca's near-instantaneous love fest for Wilfred of Ivanhoe. I kept thinking, "C'mon, gal, he might be cute, but he's racist as hell, and you deserve better." I suppose this is what happens when a 21st-century woman reads 19th-century literature about the Middle Ages. Thankfully, Urfried/Ulrica provided the perfect foil. Much like Rachelle, I couldn't get over how awesome she is, despite her very serious flaws. The scene in which she's standing on the burning turret, crying out her battle/revenge hymn, before she goes down in flames will stick with me for a while yet. Also, I am so, so glad that Front-de-Boeuf got his. Good riddance.
A short recap this week, I know, but I continue to drag my feet on this one! I'm finding myself glad to have read it, but the actual reading it part is taking a lot of effort. This week I blame a bit of a reading slump rather than having too many other books to focus on. I also have gotten much lazier about looking up unfamiliar words, so I'm almost assuredly not getting as much out of it as I could. I'm hoping I'll be better about this during the last two sections.
Have you read Ivanhoe? I'd love to talk to you about it!