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Discussion for chapters 9 thru 12. Please comment on anything from these chapters, but remember to hide spoilers within a spoiler tag. Please note which chapter a spoiler is from so other readers will know if it is safe to "peek" or not. You do not have to wait until reading all of the chapters to comment, but please restrict your posts to content from chapters 1 thru 12. Enjoy!

Note: I am dividing the read into 5 sections, each 4 chapters long. I may adjust as we go, so check the chapter numbers for each section! :)


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Thanks for posting this, ToniS. They are very interesting. My daughter says the character on the dogs' foreheads reads "emperor".


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I am just at the beginning of chapter 12, 63% finished, and I'm still waiting for the action to pick up. Just maybe, (view spoiler) And I am wondering about Christy (view spoiler)


ToniS | 18 comments Chapter 11: "Temptation's no use if it's resistible."


Diane Lynn | 481 comments ToniS wrote: "Fo Dogs: http://commons.m.wikimedia.org/wiki/F..."

Great photo of the Dogs of Fo. Thanks for posting.


Diane Lynn | 481 comments Jeannette wrote: "I am just at the beginning of chapter 12, 63% finished, and I'm still waiting for the action to pick up. Just maybe, [spoilers removed] And I am wondering about Christy [spoilers removed]"

I am just into chapter 12 and I agree with what you say about Charles. I don't think (view spoiler). I hope (view spoiler)I kind of like him. I also wonder if that was really (view spoiler).


Diane Lynn | 481 comments I really enjoyed the scene with the dog at the beginning of chapter 12. It has nothing to do with the plot, but MS has worked it into the story to give us a glimpse of the checkpoint and Christy's kind heart.


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Diane Lynn wrote: "I really enjoyed the scene with the dog at the beginning of chapter 12. It has nothing to do with the plot, but MS has worked it into the story to give us a glimpse of the checkpoint and Christy's ..."

I was hoping the little dog would turn out to be Samson.


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Diane Lynn wrote: "Jeannette wrote: "I am just at the beginning of chapter 12, 63% finished, and I'm still waiting for the action to pick up. Just maybe, [spoilers removed] And I am wondering about Christy [spoiler..."

As for (view spoiler)


Judith (judithgrace) | 322 comments Thanks for the dog pictures, ToniS. Turns out we have a pair of them carved in teak wood. My FIL brought them from China many years ago. He was in the Merchant Marines and brought back many interesting objects. For some reason, in my imagination, I saw them as the Salukis until Charles examined the china dogs and I read the description.


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Judith (judithgrace) | 322 comments Chapter 12
Well our Christy has spotted (view spoiler)


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Misfit | 587 comments ToniS wrote: "Fo Dogs: http://commons.m.wikimedia.org/wiki/F..."

Thanks for finding that.


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Misfit | 587 comments ToniS wrote: "Chapter 11: "Temptation's no use if it's resistible.""

Are you able to tie in the quotes at each chapter in with the story? She does this a lot, but always goes right over my head.


ToniS | 18 comments I never understand the quotes at the beginning of the chapters. But I do often think her dialogue is very quotable. They're perfect for modern-day memes.


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Misfit wrote: "ToniS wrote: "Chapter 11: "Temptation's no use if it's resistible.""

Are you able to tie in the quotes at each chapter in with the story? She does this a lot, but always goes right over my head."


Some of the quotes actually seemed like a preview of the chapter, this time. I may not know the source material, but I felt that several times the quotes hinted at the events of the chapter (4 & 5 for example, or chapter 8, "But who shall teach thee what the night-comer is?" (view spoiler)


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debbicat *made of stardust* (cr8zycat) | 428 comments Diane Lynn wrote: "Jeannette wrote: "I am just at the beginning of chapter 12, 63% finished, and I'm still waiting for the action to pick up. Just maybe, [spoilers removed] And I am wondering about Christy [spoiler..."

Just started 12 myself. Good thoughts. I wonder about those things as well.


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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ | 1080 comments In Chapter 10:
Now we find out the dogs are yellow! So here's another Foo/Fo dog pic that seems very close to the description in this chapter:

description

Also: (view spoiler)

Mary Stewart says so much indirectly, so well!


Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ | 1080 comments ToniS wrote: "I never understand the quotes at the beginning of the chapters..."

This comment is from an old 2013 post, but I thought it was worth pointing out to our current reading group that it's worth going back to each quote after you've read the chapter. The quotes always make sense in retrospect, but usually not before you read the chapter. And they're often quite amusing because Mary Stewart would often use them out of context, but in a way that fits the novel.


Jackie | 143 comments I can't read the spoilers in this thread yet since I am only in chapter 11, but the suspense is really starting to build!
I am now extremely suspicious about (view spoiler)


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Karlyne Landrum | 1107 comments Jackie wrote: "I can't read the spoilers in this thread yet since I am only in chapter 11, but the suspense is really starting to build!
I am now extremely suspicious about [spoilers removed]"


😌 That's my I-know-but-I'm-not-telling face.


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Jackie | 143 comments I had to stop reading last night as it was too suspenseful and I needed to relax! so tonight I will only read for an hour at most and then switch to "Thereby Hangs a Tail" for the relaxation portion of the evening.
if you've never read the latter, it's the second in a series that starts with Dog On It!


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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ | 1080 comments Those titles made me laugh. 😄

I can NEVER put down a book when it gets too tense. I’m more likely to start skimming it as fast as I can read.


Jackie | 143 comments ToniS wrote: "Chapter 11: "Temptation's no use if it's resistible.""

I didn't see that and need to go back and find it!


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Jackie | 143 comments Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ wrote: "Those titles made me laugh. 😄

I can NEVER put down a book when it gets too tense. I’m more likely to start skimming it as fast as I can read."


I know what you mean, but last night I knew I needed to relax so I could sleep as much as possible as I had to get up at 5 today.

I am stopping again tonight so as to be fresh for the end of the book. really picks up, doesn't it?!!

yes, the series that starts with Dog On It is mysteries and told from a dog's POV. very well done, I think. I recommend the first one at least. going back to the second one, now, so as to wait and savor the ending of Gabriel Hounds.

(looks like my suspicions (view spoiler) were all wet)


Julie | 53 comments I like the dynamic between Christy and her father in Ch 11.

This made me chuckle: “He(Charles)’s got a lot of sense.” “I thought he was spoiled rotten and lived for nothing but pleasure?” “If that doesn’t show sense I don’t know what does.”

(view spoiler) - it really is picking up. Like Tadiana, it’ll reach a point where I won’t be able to put it down. But, not there just yet!


Julie | 53 comments looks like my suspicions....were all wet

Do you know, you had me wondering. Christy is so trusting, she told him virtually everything. So, if you had been right, things could’ve gone very badly indeed.

I’ve never come across that idiom of yours before, lol!


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