It's Week 3 of Waterfall Wednesdays and this week it is hosted by Edgy Inspirational Romance! So without further ado
here are my answers.
Discussion Questions for Chapters 12-17
These were awesome questions!!!
1. In Siena, on her way to the ball at Palazzo Pubblico, Gabi likened her experience to being on the red carpet at the Academy Awards, the goal being "to see and be seen." If you were a peasant, watching from the crowd, what would you be thinking as this procession passed by?
God I wish that were me out there! Oh, look at that beautiful blue dress! Oh look at those jewels! Oh boy is he ever handsome! Etc...
2. Though quite nervous about dancing at the ball, Gabi discovers a strange feeling of connection to the time, the people, and the society through the unified beauty of the dance. Have you ever been in a position where you felt out of your element, but, in one, pinpointed moment, became a part of or connected to something bigger than your fear?
While often feeling out of my element, I can't remember a time when I just connected. My fear has always been bigger than my experience.
3. The kiss. Oh, the kiss. When Marcello finally kisses Gabi, he believes the experience to be proof that they are meant to be together. What did you think about his assumption? Were you surprised at Gabi's reaction to it? Have you ever experienced a kiss that seemed to be prophetic in a similar (or opposite!) way?
Hmm, I think a kiss meant a lot back then. Unmarried girls didn't go around kissing men just willy nilly. It really meant something. I think that's what Marcello is assuming. That it meant something, a promise. I thought Gabi was very mature in her reaction to it and yes, I was extremely surprised. I'd have grabbed him back and to hell with Lady Rossi!
I wish I could say my first kiss with my husband was prophetic, but we met at a bar and had imbibed a little. So... I wouldn't call it prophetic. I did chase him. I never do that. EVER! So maybe there was something in those first kisses that told me to go for it.
4. Many go through their teen years with a subdued sense of immortality. Do you think Gabi has a sense of this teen feeling? And did you think Gabi's converse observation, "Sometimes death came hunting and there was no way to cut it off at the pass." was informed more by the experience of losing her father, her self-admitted closet hypochondria, or the forced maturation of being transported to a different time? How does this observation show Gabi's growth as a character?
I think teens feel invincible, but I don't think Gabi feels it quite like other teens. She's seen her father die. She's watched men die in front of her, but she does do some reckless things in the beginning of the novel. The observation shows that she concedes to the limits that the 14th century puts on women and the brutality of it for everyone. She does seem to show that she knows people die young in this century and she too could die young, at any time. Her invicibility shield drops.
5. In the span of a few moments, Gabi goes from sword-wielding teen beauty to man-killing warrior. Did you think her realization of the finality of death -- and her justification for its necessity -- was realistic? And, in her slippers, could you have done the same?
I thought it was very realistic. She's horrified, but she's seen enough to know that it's kill or be killed. She knows it's not a game and you can't back off. I thought it was well written. I can't say in her slippers what I would have done. I hope I could have been as strong and brave. I'd like to think I could protect those I love with anything and everything I have. I certainly feel that way. And that's what Gabi was doing. So, yes, in her slippers, I would have done, could have done, the same.