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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Waterfall Wednesday: Chapters 18-23

It's the fourth week of the Waterfall Read-Along, this week hosted by Jenny from Supernatural Snark, talking about Chapters 18-23!

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1. Gabi and Lia both face several life and death situations in these chapters, having to pick up weapons in defense of those they love and experiencing first hand the brutality of close combat. If you had the choice between picking up a weapon and standing on the front lines or staying behind to tend to the wounded as necessary, which would you choose?

Definitely staying behind to tend to the wounded. Like I said last week, I’m not into killing, taking the lives of people who love and have been loved.

2. Both girls get to wear extraordinary gowns to their victory celebration; what would your dream medieval gown look like?

Oh no, not answering this. This question is way too girly for me.

3. Gabi has crude stitches put in and must endure both their removal as well as the cauterization of the wound. How is your threshold for pain? Do you think you would have simply gritted your teeth as Gabi does?

I am terribly wimpy and have a very low threshold for pain. I could not, would not stand for that kind of pain. I would have made my escape back to the future, with the stitches still in, as soon as possible, no matter the risks. I like my painkillers and general anaesthesia.

4. Marcello wants to properly court Gabi after they express mutual feelings of affection, wanting to speak with her mother about his intentions. What do you think is the most romantic aspect of medieval courtship?

It is pretty sweet that people seem to be much more open, much more quickly, about their feelings for one another. They really just go for it. They would have a lot less of those frustrating moments when you are wondering how someone really feels about you and those terrifying moments when you try to express your feelings for someone else.

5. Gabi and Lia find themselves with conflicting desires toward the end with Lia wanting to return home and Gabi hoping to stay. Do you think that Gabi is being unfair to Lia for wanting to stay, or is Lia being unfair to Gabi for demanding they go? A little of both?

A little of both, but mainly I feel that Gabi was being unfair to Lia for wanting to stay. They’re living 700 years in the past and there is a gigantic hole in Gabi’s side. It sucks for Gabi to potentially lose Marcello but going back to their time would be better than Gabi dying which would result in Lia forever being stuck in the past alone.


  1. Oh, so your not a girly girl either. Well I did try to come up with a gown. I'm with you on Gabi needing to return home especially due to her wound. I'm still shocked she forced them to take out her stitches. Crazy girl.

  2. You know what would bother me more than the pain - the needle. I'm terrified of needles. Last time I had blood drawn I had to have someone hold my hand so I wouldn't hyperventilate or faint (which I've done before). The nurses tittered to each other "Hee hee....her husband is an anesthesiologist!" I saw the irony too. :-)

  3. I'd like to think I'd probably grit my teeth because I feel like I have a relatively high pain threshold. I think it's been developed from years of clumsiness.

    However, if I was actually stuck in medieval Italy and had stitches, I'd probably try my best to get home. There's no way I'd trust the doctors back then.

  4. Yay for not being a girly girl! I didn't come up with a gown either! Good answers!

  5. Completely 100% agree with the stitches. My answers this week to questions 1 and 3 made me feel like a wuss too....maybe I need to channel some of Gabi's fierceness.

  6. I'm a wimp too Aylee, we could be wimps together. I do not handle pain gracefully, it's just not in me:) And I agree that people then were more open and honest with their feelings, there's just no reason to lie:)

  7. Lol, I think a lot of us would rather hobble to the time portal thingy and get ourselves to an actual hospital - less pain, better medical care ;)

  8. YES! Team painkillers and general anesthesia!!!

    I totally agree your answer for number 4. It seems people had a better grasp on how short life was and they expressed their feels much more openly. No playing games.

  9. Im so with you - Id be tending the wounded...:) and I think you nailed it with the attitude of culture back then, life was short and taken seriously....

    I know we have better health, better medicine, but I wish we had some of that old tradition left from the dark ages...

  10. I agree with your answer to question #4. Back then, when they were so open about their intentions, it did cut back on being left to wonder if the guy/girl your dating cares for you in the same way you care for them.

  11. Ya. The idea that Gabi could die and could get good medical attention back home is a draw to leave.

    Amy @ www.bookgoonie.com

  12. Another blogger said they would rather dress up like a guy in leggings and a tunic...I kind of agree with her! I love me some leggings!

  13. Adore that you refuse to answer #2 on the grounds of girlyness. Stand strong, Aylee!

  14. That kind of pain sounds excruciating. I bet I'd pass out.

  15. Thanks for stopping by everyone! I'm sad that we only have one more week.