Ok, I'm sure we're all very excited about the Moonstone readalong, because WILKIE COLLINS. Last time we had basically no idea who he was, and now we are filled with a deep and abiding love for him and his weird-looking head.
So this'll be good times. I bought my copy the other day, and saw to my utter delight that it is AGAIN broken up into different narratives, so we shall have our various preferred characters again and debate over whether someone is hilarious or DOES NOT STRIKE US THAT WAY (ok, this happened, but then I reversed my opinion).
I left said copy at home, so my chapter divisions might be weird since they're based on the internet, but people need to be reminded this is happening, and happening WEDNESDAY, although Wednesday's just the first sort of "Let's introduce ourselves, etc etc" which people don't HAVE to do, but it's nice if you do it, 'cause then people're like "Oh, you! You're that person I know more about now! Let's talk about The Moonstone together."
I know last time not everyone's copy had it divided into periods and epochs and whatever, but MOST copies seem to do it. Thanks, Wilkie. That system really simplifies matters.
August 1st: Intro posts. "My name's Blahblah and since I don't know all of you, here's this and this about me, and I'm doing this readalong because I love blah." [insert joke about Wilkie's forehead, because we clearly haven't done enough of those]
August 8th: Prologue THROUGH First Period, Chapter XIV.
August 15th: Chapter XV through Second Period, First Narrative, Chapter VI
August 22nd: Chapter VII through Second Period, Third Narrative, Chapter VII
August 29th: Finish
OH HOW FUN THIS SHALL BE
edit: I'm gonna make an addendum to the first post and say LOOK UP THE SIEGE OF SERINGAPATAM, because it's mentioned on the very first page, and people in Victorian times knew what it was.