I’m still plodding through! Just a few chapters away from the end now, but I don’t mind if you start discussing - I’ll avert by eyes.
Here’s a few thoughts on the last batch of Jennifer’s questions:
I really hope she finds him. I think maybe she will eventually find his dead body and will be able to take it home to bury or something bittersweet like that. I don’t think she really has a choice as a mother whether to go and look for him or not - her drive to look after him is too strong. And I don’t think she’d be able to use the money towards another child easily without feeling guilt that she was somehow replacing him.
Hmmm, this is interesting. I didn’t really see the point of his annual trips to the blueberry farm, other than a kind of nostalgia, so it did seem risky to take the bees there when he didn’t really need to. But then once we found out about the colony collapse, it made the loss of those few bear hives seem pretty insignificant. I suppose the point that’s being made is that whether you’re a careful beekeeper or not, the colony collapse will get you.
Considering the number of fathers and sons in the book, it makes me wonder what William’s father was like - are we ever told anything about his parents? I can’t remember. Perhaps his father was absent and so Rahm has become a sort of surrogate father figure and William needs his approval.
I’m just at that point where Tao has been to the library and figures out Wei Wen was stung, so that feels like some kind of progress at least. She’s acting like she is less desperate. And Charlotte has just come up with her brainwave for the hive, so William is also coming out of his funk lying in the dirt. I haven’t read if there’s anything hopeful for George yet, I can’t imagine what would remedy his situation - I don’t think there’s any kind of solution for colony collapse… Maybe this disaster will somehow bring him and Tom closer together, that would be a happy ending of sorts for him.