Thank you all for coming to the first of two book discussions of Henry James "The Portrait of a Lady". We had some very good things to eat there so if you really like cheesecake, brownies and spice cake with orange cream cheese frosting you really missed out on something goooooood. We had a great discussion on the first volume of the book. But don't be discouraged that you completely missed out because we do have another discussion to finish up the book August 12th. The Challenge that I mentioned in the title is for those of you who did not come and as a reminder for those who did. When you finish the book you may (optional) come up with a different ending or an extension of the book 'epilogue' of what you think happened or wanted to occur after the book. Please do not share what you have written until the discussion, we will see what great minds think a like. One page minimum please. You don't have to write grammatically if you are handicap in that area, but make a page of notes that you can share from how your ending would be different or what the future may hold for Isabel and the other cast of characters. Maybe there will be a prize given out.
Much of the book takes place in Italy, so lets do Italian as our theme for our dining pleasure. You will all be rewarded with a viewing of the movie following the discussion.