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Flowers in the Attic: "The Wrath of God"

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Chapter 5: The Wrath of God

Momma's back! I know it's been, like, an entire week or two since the last chapter.  So I forgive everyone for forgetting that's been an ENTIRE DAY of not seeing their primary caregiver. If you, like me, had forgotten how long it had been, VC Andrews reminds you in the first sentence. "Momma came into our room this first night..." 

"Momma" is tight-limbed and stiff-jointed. She's 33, so she's actually younger than me. I do not have 4 children locked in my hypothetical attic, so I'm winning in that aspect! 

Cathy claims that the twins "thoughtlessly" run to hug Momma. She also goes on and on about her feelings while Momma just cries. Cathy isn't yet aware of how much her mother is an all over terrible human, so she thinks that Momma is crying for her. The twins complain about Cathy and Chris. Carrie is annoying. 

Grandmother yells at Corrine to get Carrie to shut up, as Carrie has melted down into full blown temper tantrum. Grandmother grabs Carrie by the hair, Cory starts kicking Grandmother. There is some delightful description. "Quick as a cat he pounced on the grandmother!" and we get another "Good-golly day!" from Cathy. Seriously, if you can find a copy of this book without paying for it, I highly recommend it, if only for the overly dramatic writing about every minute detail. I thought I could handle extra details. I love A Song of Ice and Fire and even enjoyed reading about who is eating what and where. This, though, is something different. 

Two pages to share that the Grandmother slapped Cory and yelled at Corrie to shut them up and that only Christopher the Elder knew how to handle the meltdowns. 

Eventually something other than whining temper tantrum throwing children and the fallout that ensued happens and we find out that Corrine can't or won't leave Foxworth Hall with them. We also see that Grandmother has whipped Corrine. Thirty-three times, one for each year of her life, then fifteen more for each year of living in sin with Christopher Sr. Grandfather ordered the punishment and Grandmother carried it out. There's some shouting about Children from the Devil! Evil from the moment of conception! 

Cathy "flounders in a maelstrom of uncertainty, aching inside, not know who she is" She wants to whip grandmother back. 

Chris is angry, as he loved his mother best. K. 

Links to previous recaps 

  1. Prologue and "Good-Bye Daddy"
  2. "The Road to Riches"
  3. "The Grandmother's House"
  4. "The Attic"

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Curious

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I was right.  This is kind of ruining my childhood, but I've gone this far, I can't stop now.  Kinda makes me want to dig out my copy and read it, but The Transformed Wife, just arrived today courtesy of @quiversR4hunting so less fun, worse writing ahead of me ;)

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29 minutes ago, Curious said:

I was right.  This is kind of ruining my childhood, but I've gone this far, I can't stop now.  Kinda makes me want to dig out my copy and read it, but The Transformed Wife, just arrived today courtesy of @quiversR4hunting so less fun, worse writing ahead of me ;)

Yeah! Glad it arrived. Feel free to remove my flags or add to for the next reader :D

And I can't wait to read your review on Amazon!

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1 minute ago, quiversR4hunting said:

Yeah! Glad it arrived. Feel free to remove my flags or add to for the next reader :D

I have to dig my flags out.  I have my notebook and pen ready.  Maybe I'll start posting notebook doodles in honor of reading her book!

I appreciated the inclusion of the coloring page, as well.  Very thoughtful of my (already shaky) sanity levels :)

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I imagine that had Cathy not been "atticked" by her family  (boo, written puns don't have the same oomph, FML!) she would have grown up to be just as derpty as her mother. Actually, she probably grows up to be stupider, since she spends the next eleventy books seducing ridiculous men and plotting revenge in the most ineffective ways imaginable. 

But then again I read all these stinkers, so who's the real fool? :P

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The scary thing is, Cathy turns out to be the most normal of the kids.

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17 hours ago, FloraDoraDolly said:

The scary thing is, Cathy turns out to be the most normal of the kids.

More normal than the saintly Chris? Or suicidal Carrie? Or Dead/Not Dead Cory? It all gets so convoluted.

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On 7/12/2017 at 11:00 AM, littlemommy said:

I imagine that had Cathy not been "atticked" by her family  (boo, written puns don't have the same oomph, FML!) she would have grown up to be just as derpty as her mother.

Oh, I don't doubt that. These are not strong independent women we are reading about. These are women who actively want to be rescued by charming men/brothers. 

On 7/12/2017 at 11:00 AM, littlemommy said:

But then again I read all these stinkers, so who's the real fool? :P

ALL of them? During my extensive research (google search/wikipedia) I found out that there are versions of Flowers rewritten from Christopher Jrs perspective. What is the POINT? 

 

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8 hours ago, littlemommy said:

More normal than the saintly Chris? Or suicidal Carrie? Or Dead/Not Dead Cory? It all gets so convoluted.

At least Cathy TRIED to live in the real world and have relationships with men who weren't related to her. True, Julian was abusive and Doctor Paul was creepy. But still, it's a lot healthier than Chris, who remained fixated on his sister. Even when he did go off with another woman, it was Cathy's ballet frenemy and he only did it to make Cathy jealous. As a doctor, Chris should have recognized that he needed to be in therapy. Or something. He and Doctor Paul also should have recognized that Carrie needed professional help. (And yes, I even thought that when I was twelve years old!)

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