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Flowers in the Attic: Table of Contents

Flowers in the Attic: Table of Contents

Here is the Table of Contents for Flowers in the Attic. New recaps will be linked as they are hastily written.  Part One Prologue and Good-Bye-Daddy. The Road to Riches The Grandmother's House The Attic The Wrath of God Momma's Story Minutes Like Hours To Make a Garden Grow To Make a Garden Grow (Part II) Holidays Holidays (Part Two) The Christmas Party Christopher's Exploration and Its Repercussions The Long Winter, and Spring, and Summer   Part Two

Maggie Mae

Maggie Mae

Little House in the Big Woods Recap: Sundays

Little House in the Big Woods Recap: Sundays

Sundays I remember reading about Sundays in Farmer Boy! They sounded awful and boring.  Regardless, Laura and Mary also find Sundays to be long, since they have to stay inside and be quiet. They get to take baths on Saturday night, which is nice for them. In the winter, Pa and Ma (the text says Pa, but let's just be historically accurate) melt snow for bath water. They have a screen made out of a  blanket hung over two chairs. Laura goes first, then Mary, then Pa has to empty and refil

Maggie Mae

Maggie Mae

Little House in the Big Woods Recap: Christmas

Little House in the Big Woods Recap: Christmas

Christmas Here's a list of things I enjoy about this book:  It is apolitical. Trump does not exist.  It is pleasant to read.  There is no comment section full of people yelling at each other about things that have nothing to do with the article.  The illustrations are perfect. They fit the theme and aren't too modern, yet still nice too look at.  I enjoy the setting & it's a picture perfect view of a time when things were likely not picture perfect. 

Maggie Mae

Maggie Mae

Little House in the Big Woods Recap: The Long Rifle

Little House in the Big Woods Recap: The Long Rifle

The Long Rifle Laura and Mary are schooled in the art of bullet making. Every night, Pa makes some bullets for the next day. I want to know why he doesn't plan ahead. The food will last. The woods are plentiful. This isn't like living in Huslia or Kobuk or Shungnak, where it's all hands on deck when a caribu herd comes around. He's got lots of food stored up. He can spend a day a month making bullets, which would likely save some resources.  Also, let's talk about the fact that bullet

Maggie Mae

Maggie Mae

Little House in the Big Woods: The Story of Grandpa and the Panther

Little House in the Big Woods: The Story of Grandpa and the Panther

The Story of Grandpa and the Panther  This is Grandpa Ingalls.   Pa tells a story in which Grandpa is hunted by a panther on his way home from town. Grandpa shoots the panther.  That's it.  Which lead me to some questions about taxonomy. It's likely that Grandpa saw a cougar, which are common enough in North America. They are not normally black, though.  There is no follow up as to what happened to the body. If I shot a jaguar that had been stalking me, I would get it stuff

Maggie Mae

Maggie Mae

Little House in the Big Woods: Winter Days and Winter Nights

Little House in the Big Woods: Winter Days and Winter Nights

Winter Days and Winter Nights It's winter now, and Pa is trapping animals. I can't imagine how much work he must be forcing on poor Ma. They are trapping small animals, big animals, and medium animals. I also despise trapping, more so than any other type of hunting. And now, in 2019, selfish trappers who can't be bothered to follow regulations occasionally trap someone's pet. Anyway, so back in 1873, Pa goes to check his traps and comes back with a bear and a pig. Pa "didn't know" where the

Maggie Mae

Maggie Mae

Little House in the Big Woods: Little House in the Big Woods

Little House in the Big Woods: Little House in the Big Woods

Little House in the Big Woods This chapter starts off with "Once upon a time, sixty years ago, a little girl lived in the Big Woods of Wisconsin, in a little gray house made of logs." 1959 was VERY different! In this chapter, we are introduced to the little girl, named Laura. She is just described as "little." She's got a Ma and Pa, and two sisters. Mary is older and Carrie is younger. I apologize for my lack of LHOTP knowledge, I never read all of them, and I watched a bit of the show. I d

Maggie Mae

Maggie Mae

Little House in the Big Woods Recap: Table of Contents

Little House in the Big Woods Recap: Table of Contents

These are the links to each individual blog post for my read of: Little House in the Big Woods By Laura Ingalls Wilder    Little House in the Big Woods Winter Days and Winter Nights & The Story of Grandpa & the Panther The Long Rifle Christmas Sundays Two Big Bears The Sugar Snow Dance at Grandpa's Going to Town Summertime Harvest The Wonderful Machine The Deer in the Wood

Maggie Mae

Maggie Mae

Flowers in the Attic: "Endings, Beginnings" and "Epilogue"

Flowers in the Attic: "Endings, Beginnings" and "Epilogue"

Endings, Beginnings In the last chapter, we were left with a cliff hanger. Cathy was braced for the "knockout blow" of bad news that Chris alluded to, but didn't share. He was too busy describing the sex that John the Butler and a woman named Livvy had on the sofa he hid behind. He also described the Grandfather's library, right down to the placement of the furniture.  Chris asks Cathy to guess the reason that "she" (I think he's referring to the grandmother) gave for not having the ch

Maggie Mae

Maggie Mae

Flowers in the Attic: Escape

Flowers in the Attic: Escape

Escape I bet you can't guess what happens in this chapter from the title!  It's November 10. I am reminded of how the timeline issues could so easily be solved if the author would have just not had them keep track of days in the attic, or had she not tied them to specific calendar days.  Cathy and fam are visited in the attic by their mother, who was "ill at ease" with little time to spend in the attic. Bart is taking her out. She doesn't want to go. He doesn't know why Corrine lo

Maggie Mae

Maggie Mae

Flowers in the Attic: "Color All Days Blue, But Save One for Black"

Flowers in the Attic: "Color All Days Blue, But Save One for Black"

Color All Days Blue, But Save One for Black I realize that this chapter title is referring to something earlier, but I can't remember where, or why they are coloring days. I also think that things are about to get really dark.  Cathy and Chris seem to have forgotten their worries, and are now dreaming of moving to Sarasota and joining the Circus. What child didn't dream of joining the circus? I know I for sure wanted to be a trapeze artist, just like Cathy. Or do horse tricks like on "

Maggie Mae

Maggie Mae

Flowers (Children) in the Attic: "My Stepfather" (Part 3)

Flowers (Children) in the Attic: "My Stepfather" (Part 3)

TW: anti-feminist behavior, discussion of rape.  They go out onto the roof. Apparently Corrine has not yet brought them cigarettes and cheap wine, so they cry into each others arms. This night is described a "night for lovers." Whatever that means.  Cathy blames herself because this book was written in the 70s and takes place in the 80s, though, she does say "he didn't mean to." Which is something, I guess. Cathy worries to herself about giving birth to a deformed baby or an idiot. (Ni

Maggie Mae

Maggie Mae

Flowers in the Attic: "My Stepfather" (Part 2)

Flowers in the Attic: "My Stepfather" (Part 2)

My Stepfather aka Forbidden Pleasures of the Sexual Kind.  Part 2. Cathy whines to the reader that Chris is taking too long to come up with $500. Oh, wait, I already read this section. Corrine looks fabulous in black. This is very important information.  Chris and Cathy are sharing everything, problems, aspirations, doubts. He's her doctor. (Are they "playing doctor"?) Scandalous.  Cathy says her physical problems are not much consequence, only the monthly cramps. Her "womanly tim

Maggie Mae

Maggie Mae

Flowers in the Attic: "My Stepfather" (Part 1)

Flowers in the Attic: "My Stepfather" (Part 1)

My Stepfather This chapter starts with "That spring, Chris got sick."  I am going to just retcon that the timeline is a bit wonky because it's being written in past tense, as Cathy tells this story to a ghost writer. How long did they hang out in the attic knowing they could sneak out at any time? I can't imagine not going anywhere for years. That makes me feel uncomfortable and claustrophobic.  Chris is sick and being a giant baby. He yells at Cathy, and tells her to be independant, n

Maggie Mae

Maggie Mae

Flowers in the Attic: "Our Mother's Surprise" (Part 4)

Flowers in the Attic: "Our Mother's Surprise" (Part 4)

Part Four: Our Mother's Surprise.  I will finish this chapter today. Even if I have to take a nap at work to do so. Sort of kidding but also not. I recently interviewed for a new lateral position at a sister type organization. I didn't get it. I don't even know if I wanted it. But I still feel the sting of rejection, despite the weirdness of the "culture fit" interview. I actually don't know if they ever intended to treat me like a normal candidate. Or maybe they did? I don't know. I do kno

Maggie Mae

Maggie Mae

Flowers in the Attic: "Our Mother's Surprise" (Part 3)

Flowers in the Attic: "Our Mother's Surprise" (Part 3)

PART THREE OF THIS NEVER ENDING CHAPTER The next section of this chapter is nine paragraphs.  Cathy's "bright" dreams are interrupted by nightmares of her grandmother cutting off her breasts. Even when Cathy is sleeping, she is thinking about her breasts. In my head, I just simultaneously compared VC Andrews to GRRM's idea of what women think about and wondered how big VC's breasts are. Unfortunately, google image search only returns headshots, and I'm not putting the phrase "VC Andrew

Maggie Mae

Maggie Mae

Flowers in the Attic: "Our Mother's Surprise" (Part 2)

Flowers in the Attic: "Our Mother's Surprise" (Part 2)

I have gained weight and my underwire is poking into my boobs. It's very uncomfortable, and yet, I'm ever so grateful that I have a bra at all, unlike Cathy.  Cathy is waxing poetic about love, as many people have done throughout history. It's raining. The twins are watching TV. Chris and Cathy are laying on the old mattress in the attic, reading a book that their mother brought up from the downstairs library. They argue over each other's reading style.  The book they are reading is li

Maggie Mae

Maggie Mae

Flowers in the Attic: "Our Mother's Surprise" (Part 1)

Flowers in the Attic: "Our Mother's Surprise" (Part 1)

Chris and Cathy go another 10 days without seeing their "mother." During these 10 days, they speculate for hours about why she went to Europe. They think of it as a punishment, so when she finally does show up again, they don't demand to be let out. They are "quiet, timid, and accepting." They believe they can not escape using the sheets, because the twins go hysterical on the roof.  Because they are so "respectful," "momma" laughs and spins around, telling them how HAPPY she is. She begs t

Maggie Mae

Maggie Mae

Flowers in the Attic: "At Last, Momma" (Part II)

Flowers in the Attic: "At Last, Momma" (Part II)

Guess who's back? Back again.  Momma's back.  Tell your friends.  Oh, wait, Chris and Cathy don't have friends, because their selfish, terrible, inconsiderate mother (who is out-of-this world beautiful & wonderful and smells great and wears flimy negligee while interacting with her children) locked them in a room in Foxworth Hall.  In case you were interested, Corrine is wearing a "beautiful lightweight suit, with soft gray fur at the cuffs and around the neck of the

Maggie Mae

Maggie Mae

Flowers in the Attic: "At Last, Momma"

Flowers in the Attic: "At Last, Momma"

I am on the second paragraph of this chapter and it seems like the last chapter was a short story she wrote about this family and jammed it in. This chapter opens with a reminder of the whipping, but no lasting repercussions. Just that Cathy & Chris never discussed them. She often catches him staring at her. (PSST, that's because he's a teenage boy with no role models, a neckbeard spirit, and "nice guy" vibes)  Paragraph two is where the reader is once again reminded that Cathy has brea

Maggie Mae

Maggie Mae

Flowers in the Attic: "To Find a Friend"

Flowers in the Attic: "To Find a Friend"

This installment of the bestest ever book series opens with a scintillating passage.  Isn't that just the definition of scintillating? Clever, skillful writing.  Chris yells "What the hell is going on now?" which is another one of Grandmother's rules. The rules that have been conveniently been forgotten as they watch TV. I don't see them staring at books they can't read for five hours a day, anymore.  Cory is upset because one of the mousetraps has worked, and there is a mouse w

Maggie Mae

Maggie Mae

Flowers in the Attic:"One Rainy Afternoon"

Flowers in the Attic:"One Rainy Afternoon"

One Rainy Afternoon (Page 269 Kindle)  This stock photo makes me laugh. Completely unrelated to anything happening in the book.  He keeps coming up in my searches, and I was going to write a story about him, but I'm feeling uninspired. I suppose I still can. I'm going to call him "Gary." Gary is a mans-man, he's not a beta soy boy cuck, he likes to forge metal and drive a truck. He's the guy that Donald Trump aspires to be, despite his disproportionately small hands. After Gary makes

Maggie Mae

Maggie Mae

Flowers in the Attic: "A Taste of Heaven" (Part 2)

Flowers in the Attic: "A Taste of Heaven" (Part 2)

Oh boy, here we go again. To distract myself from the rage inducing political nonsense that is going on (We have SERIOUS issues in the US, and it's not just guns and the economy and Trump, it's a serious undercurrent of anti-intellectual propaganda and ridiculousness) I have decided, once again, to reduce my blood pressure by laughing at the absurdity of a novel about incest. Fun fact: My local newspaper won't let me use the word "incest" in the comment section, which is really fun when trying t

Maggie Mae

Maggie Mae

Flowers in the Attic: "A Taste of Heaven" (Part 1)

Flowers in the Attic: "A Taste of Heaven" (Part 1)

This chapter is called "A Taste of Heaven." And that's all I have to say about that. Make your own jokes about heaven.  Cathy & Chris climb down the rope ladder. It's night, the moon is out. It takes less than ten minutes for her to climb down. She gets down and he hugs her close. Boundaries, Chris.  All the rooms of Foxworth Hall are dark, but the "servant's quarters" are bright yellow. I have written several snarky paragraphs about this but they might be taken wrong. Regardless,

Maggie Mae

Maggie Mae

Flowers in the Attic: "Growing Up, Growing Wiser" (Part 2)

Flowers in the Attic: "Growing Up, Growing Wiser" (Part 2)

I quit yesterday with one page left in this chapter. I had no idea. I would have finished had I known. No matter. We'll finish it now. To recap yesterday's work:  The impossibly blonde and beautiful blue-eyed bimbo Cathy and her hunk of burning love brother Christopher (hereby known as Chris, to avoid mix-ups with his father, also called Christopher.) play monopoly after being starved in an attic for several weeks while baby-sitting their younger siblings. Who are also very blonde and attra

Maggie Mae

Maggie Mae



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