Waterfall Wednesday (1)

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Discussion Questions for Chapters 1-6

1. Waterfall opens with the introduction of Gabi – she’s depressed, a little angry and is dealing with feelings of loneliness. Are you connecting with her this soon in the novel? Do you see things you like or dislike?

I had a hard time connecting with Gabi at first. She’s really frustrated, which makes her frustrating to read. I also found her impulsive actions a bit selfish – though I think that’s part of who she is as we come to see in the rest of the trilogy. I had a hard time accepting that this daughter of famous archaeologists would be so careless with the tomb, and dragging her sister along for the ride. Let’s just say I was glad the time travel happened so early on before I started to really dislike Gabi.

2. Gabi gets to time travel back to 14th Century Italy – The Dark Ages in its prime. Is there any time in history that fascinates you and would you travel back if you could?

I’ve always been obsessed with 17th century France – Louis XIV, the Sun King; Versailles palace; Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. In fact, even going into 18th century France, I’m still intrigued. The tearing down of the Bastille, the French Revolution, Napoleon – I love it all. French history fascinates me, and the culture is so proud, artistic, and democratic that I can’t help but love it. Visiting Versailles will go down as one of the best moments in my life, and I’ve never felt more at home than in a country that prides itself on the values of its beloved Tricoloreliberté, egalité, fraternité. In fact, my husband and I are in the midst of planning another visit in March!

3. Most of the men, including Marcello have a very set opinion about a woman’s place. Gabi gets manhandled a bit in these first few chapters, and even gets asked if she’s a witch. The men are shocked when Gabi rides a horse like a man and shimmies down the castle walls. What do you think of men’s mentality back then? Gentlemanly, chauvinistic, simple-minded?

One of the things that I love about Marcello is that despite his shock at Gabi’s conduct, he doesn’t try to change her too much. Yes, he wants to protect her, and I admire that about him, but he doesn’t try to lock her in her room to keep her out of harm’s way. His behavior is very similar to another man-from-another-time, Mr. Jamie Fraser, so I didn’t mind Marcello’s actions at all. It’s a different time, better or worse, and I like that Gabi can remain respectful but independent, and that the men may find her bizarre or forward without taking complete advantage of her or dismissing her as a crazy person.

4. When Gabi becomes a part of this era, the people are immediately intrigued but suspicious of her. Many judge her by her difference. Do you think this is fair? Have you ever been in a situation where you felt like an outsider or that others were misjudging you?

Well, I always feel like an outsider, but that’s due to my innate and intense shyness. It’s hard being the new person in any situation, and I think that’s what makes Gabi stand out. Back then, people didn’t travel far unless they had to, so to see this strange girl all alone, many miles from home, is an oddity. Of course they’re curious about her! Plus she has a funny accent and limited Italian, so she does stick out quite a bit. I think it’s natural for the people to be skeptical and judgmental of her, since she is an outsider in every sense of the word.

5. What do think the coolest thing would be about living in the Dark Ages? What would be the worst?

I think spending time in castles would be pretty awesome. I’ve always wondered what it felt like to be in a castle full of tapestries and fires. Is it comfortable? Is comfort relative? I also think riding around on horses everywhere would be fun. You know, until the saddle sores caught up to me.

To me, the absolute worst would be a lack of plumbing. I like my flushing toilets and running water far too much to want to live without them forever. Oh, and a lack of medicine. Yikes.

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