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Chapter 5 - The Cocktail Party
I don't really have a whole lot to say about this chapter, so this will be a quickie.
Mrs. Coulter sure is quick to anger. Lyra didn’t seem too
insubordinate or disrespectful to me when she asked Mrs. Coulter to
wear her little shoulder bag to the cocktail party and got jumped by
the Golden Monkey, who nearly tears Pantalaimon’s ear off.
It would seem more risky for lyra to constantly be keeping a shoulder
bag with her to keep the alethiometer close than to simply hide it
somewhere in her room. What if Mrs. Coulter asked what the heck she was
keeping in the bag? Then what?
I really couldn’t imagine that anyone was surprised when the
drunk middle aged guy let it slip that Mrs. Coulter was running the
Oblation Board, the end of Chapter 3 practically states it outright.
For some stupid reason I have a habit of imagining Adele Starminster as
being a Victorian version of Rita Skeeter from Harry Potter. The two
characters are both journalists and are even both associated with
insects. This is similar to my tendency to imagine Scout from To Kill a
as Helga Pataki from “Hey Arnold”, but thats
And next we meet Lord Boreal, who is described in an awful lot of
detail for someone who makes a single appearance lasting no more
than a page and is mentioned again in passing perhaps twice more. Sort of like Stanislaus
Grumman. Once again I’m left wondering how much Pullman knew
about this character when he wrote this story. Good going Pullman.
Then Lyra packs up her stuff and skips the joint while no one is looking. Good going Lyra.
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