Warning! Possible spoilers!!
I just finished The Crimson Petal and the White, and I must say that there are a whole bunch of emotions roiling around in me. Don’t get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoyed the book.
What did you all think of the different characters? I liked Sugar, despite her pitfalls. But her kidnapping Sophie at the end doesn’t add up to me. If she’s going to try to make her way on the money she has saved, a child won’t help her, and the police on her tail certainly won’t. Will she end up turning into Mrs. Castaway, and Sophie another Sugar?
William, by the end of the novel, I have come to dispise. To me, acting like he did towards his own child is simply incomprehensible to me. Yes, I know, a different time, etc. etc., but it still strikes me as cold and cruel.
I pitied Agnes. None of that was her fault. I wish a little bit had been dedicated to her after she finally reached the convent.
The last scene with Henry left me wondering… I keep trying to tell myself that he dreamed the scene with Mrs. Fox, but I kept hoping that Mrs. Fox would later reveal that something had really happened.
I came to like Mrs. Fox. Not at the beginning, but as the reader was slowly revealed her character, her inner tickings.
Poor Sophie breaks my heart. She’s been kept at arms length and ignored her entire life, at least until Sugar came. I can’t immagine growing up like that.
My, this has gotten long! Please, post your thoughts!