Friday, April 07, 2006

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn: 9 & 10

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Chapter 9 is a relief after all those dead Nolan boys. Katie and Johnny are school custodians. (Yay, custodians! Remember to clean up after yourselves when you get to the high school. They have enough to do without you dropping your papers and leaving your yogurt containers everywhere...Oh, sorry, I was writing about the book, wasn't I?)

Katie wears a fascinator to work, Johnny plays the piano, they make out on the couch during their dinner break. They are so happy until. Well, you know...

I do not even want to mention what Johnny does while Katie is having Francie. but, geez!

"'This child was born of parents who can read and write,' she said simply. ' To me, this is a great wonder.'" This sentence kills me. We don't even really think about what a miracle it is to be able to do this simple thing. Even in today's world.

And that grandmother Rommely is full of excellent quotes, "It is a good thing to learn the truth one's self. To first believe with all your heart, and then not to believe, is good too. It fattens the emotions and makes them to stretch." This explains how she has managed to live with that devil husband!

The bank in the closet makes its appearance here. I have a bad feeling about this. (Blame Mr. Rommely's chickens.) And Sissy gets Shakespeare and the Bible. And they way she gets those two books says an awful lot about Sissy!

Chapter 10 is another quick one that ends with a punch. The writer describes the difference between how Johnny faces life and how Katie faces life. "Johnny knew he was doomed and accepted it. Katie wouldn't accept it...Katie had a fierce desire for survival which made her a fighter. Johnny had a hankering after immortality which made him a useless dreamer." Harsh!

I leave you with a quote from Martha Washington, "I've learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions and not on our circumstances. "

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