As I mentioned before, every week I'll suggest chapters to complete by the next post (which, in this case, will go up every Friday in February). In these weekly Book Club posts, I'll posit a few questions to prompt discussion in the comments section.
This week's assignment was to read from Summer 1529 to the end of Summer 1533. Of course, you are welcome to read beyond the weekly chapters, but please don't spoil anything in the comments! After the jump you'll find some questions that struck me as I read this first section. Also, if you're just joining and want to catch up, here's our first discussion, and here are our thoughts on last week's section.
The next assignment: Finish the book! Of course, that means we're on the hunt for our next book, so leave your suggestions in the comments below.
Ready to discuss the latest section of The Other Boleyn Girl? Just
- Anne and George's relationship is in the spotlight in this section, as George's affections for Anne take a doting — and sometimes even sensual — turn. What drives their relationship? Is it Anne's desire for everyone to love her? George's strategy to remain in Anne's good graces in case she has a son who becomes king? Something else?
- Speaking of George, we learn in this section that his feelings for Sir Francis Weston are known by many members of the court to be more than friendly. William Stafford calls him a "sodomite" and says that George and Anne are basically enemies to Mary. Mary defends her brother and even Anne, saying they may be enemies but they're her kin. Do you think this kind of loyalty is admirable, or foolish?
- Who is a better match for King Henry: Queen Katherine or Anne? Why?
- Mary acknowledges her feelings for William Stafford and even flirts with him, seemingly growing stronger and more assertive than she once was. Has your opinion of Mary changed since the beginning of the novel?
- After reading this far, how do you feel about the casting of Scarlett Johansson as Mary and Natalie Portman as Anne for the film adaptation?