|Beetle and Wedge|
Radmer asks Rachel to prepare for a transplant and then later, for scheduling reasons, she is 'thankful the transplant has fallen through' (Who had to die to help her make a date?). The Great Betty has no problem throwing innocent people under the plot bus. In A Suitable Match, Colin reflects on 'kindly fate' that allowed him the opportunity to marry Eustacia. Kindly fate? Kindly fate killed off his brother and sister-in-law. What's the take-away here? Beware kindly fate in Neeldom.
There are two Americans in this one: one a tart-y blonde actress and the other a likable Texan nurse who says 'honey'. That's what I like to see, evenhandedness, and hey, way to go Texas. Actually, I'm pretty impressed when anyone who isn't a U.S. citizen is familiar with more than two or three states. The Great Betty mentions Florida, California and Texas in various books. As far as U.S. cities, I'm going to have to say Boston is the most referenced - a grand total of twice (Fate is Remarkable and A Dream came True).
After seeing Melville kissing the tartlet, Rachel thinks that 'if she didn't talk to someone she would have hysterics. She had never had them in her life, but she felt sure they must be a great relief. To lie on the ground and kick one's heels in the air and scream held a distinct appeal.' It might have an emotional appeal, but frankly, anyone over the age of three or four should never indulge. Even then it's not attractive. How do I know? Six kids, remember. Lucky for me my kids were not inclined to public tantrums.