The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters Chapters 1-8
My first read-along at the Estella Society. The Little Stranger. I’m only mildly creeped out. I can read this at night. I can read this by day. I can read this in bits. I can read this any way. But, I think I should read it faster to get the full creep effect. Just me.
What’s really creeping up on me is how much of a leech Dr. Faraday is. He reminds me a bit of Chillingsworth in The Scarlet Letter, (Favorite books alert) only more obsequious, less self-aware. Could anybody be less self-aware than Faraday? And then that self-disclosure in the last chapter – pathetic.
I love Caroline telling him she thinks he must hate himself. And Rod telling him to
get out – that he is nobody. After such betrayal. What about patient-doctor privilege?
Mostly I’m waiting to figure out how the title comes into play and I’m not sure I like that. Is the “little stranger” Faraday? Or the bratty little visitor that Gyp bit? Or the dead first child? Or something quite apart? Should so much suggestion depend on interplay with a title? What if the book were called “The Hundreds.” How would it be different? Maybe the title will come into play in the last half. I hope so.
Maybe the little stranger -- title and all-- will creep up on me.
And I too will be thoroughly infected.