The Ghost Road chapter 5

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    • "Ada Lumb always wore black, less in mourning for her husband - if she'd ever had one" Page 65
      • Unreliable narrative could just be Billy being humorous, she may not have a husband
      • Independent women
    • "Respectability was Ada's god" Page 65
      • Irony Ada isn't respectable
        • Sells dodgy goods
          • Contraception and medicines for sexually transmitted diseases
      • Traditional victorian views
      • Respectability dominated society
    • "Ada had no patience with flowers, always drooping and dying" Page 66
      • Ada has no time for vanity
    • Billy has met his match in Ada
    • Page 67 Irony Ada is over 30 but still refuses to vote
      • Very traditional
    • Page 67/68 shows how women were in a different war for survival and rights
    • 'straddled her legs like a mare and pissed in the gutter' Page 69
      • Ada very common
      • Simile
      • Colloquial language
    • 'Fingerprints, translucent with butter, encrusted with batter, sticky with jam, edged every page. Bloody thumbprints led up to one particularly glory muder' Page 71
      • Internal rhyme, adjectives
      • Sexual references?
    • 'A few romances which she read with every appearance of enjoyment, gurgles of laughter erupting from the black bombazine like a hot spring from volcanic earth' Page 71
      • Simile
        • Can't fully trust Ada
    • 'The clock ticked loudly,as it had done all last night, a malevolent tick' Page 71
      • Personification of the clock
        • Countdown to Billy's death
    • 'he could see five or six different shades of copper, auburn, bronze, even a strand of pure gold' Page 74
      • Plain metals
        • Strong
        • Simple
      • Strand of gold
        • Symbolises her old life or what would have been her future with Billy
    • "The whiting out seemed almost to be an unintended symbol of the oblivion into which we all go" Page 75
      • Symbolic fading after death
        • Not leaving a mark on the world
    • Page 85 the pigeons are a metaphor for soldiers going to war or freedom

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