Miss Charlotte’s Finishing School for Wayward Readers

 

A Podcast About Books

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We’re currently reading Wuthering Heights.

S1 E11 – It Is A Poor Conclusion, Is It Not? – Chapters 33 and 34

S1 E11 – It Is A Poor Conclusion, Is It Not? – Chapters 33 and 34

In this week’s episode, we discuss Chapters 33 and 34 of Wuthering Heights, bringing Emily Brontë’s bleak saga to a close. Andrew paints an idyllic picture of the far-flung future in his reader response, using the most obnoxious sound effect possible. We also have a fun conversation about the cycle of abuse, because Wuthering Heights is depressing to the very end. Miss Charlotte tells us what 19th-century readers REALLY thought of Wuthering Heights, and we discuss Linton Heathcliff’s dirty little secret. Also featured: shrub discourse, Daniel’s obsession with porridge, and the phrase “brain lips.”

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S1 E10 – Shoot Off Your Mouth, Not Your Arm – Chapters 30 to 32

S1 E10 – Shoot Off Your Mouth, Not Your Arm – Chapters 30 to 32

In this week’s episode, we discuss Chapters 30 – 32 of Wuthering Heights. Emi calls in from a hostel in Toyama, after cycling around 400 kilometers in two days to get there, so you may notice a perceptible drop in her audio quality. In this episode, we talk about beauty contests in Gimmerton, Joseph’s accent, and Lockwood devestatin’ the moors! Woo-hoo! Babes and brewskies! (Not quite.) More seriously, we do a deep dive into parallels between Beauty and the Beast and these chapters of Wuthering Heights. Also stay tuned for the outtakes at the end this week: they include strange noises that Emi was making in Toyama.

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S1 E9 – Decomposition – Chapters 27 to 29

S1 E9 – Decomposition – Chapters 27 to 29

In this week’s episode, we discuss Chapters 27 – 29 of Wuthering Heights. Emi does her very best to do an infomercial, and we don’t know how it went because we’re all focused on her weird accent work; the readers argue over how long it takes a body to decompose under various circumstances; and Miss Charlotte reveals to us that Wuthering Heights is only the SECOND MOST depressing Victorian novel (listen to discover the first most depressing novel).

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S1 E8 – Steppin’ Out – Chapters 24 – 26

S1 E8 – Steppin’ Out – Chapters 24 – 26

In this week’s episode, we discuss Chapters 24 – 26 of Wuthering Heights. We learn about Emily’s time in Brussels; Daniel presents us with some celebrity impressions– although his definition of “celebrity” is different than ours; and Andrew presents the Wuthering Heights version of the “Jar Jar Binks was a Sith lord” theory, which leads us to ponder the lightsaber skills of Lockwood.

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S1 E7 – Kissin’ Cousins – Chapters 20 – 23

S1 E7 – Kissin’ Cousins – Chapters 20 – 23

In this week’s episode, we discuss Chapters 20 – 23 of Wuthering Heights. Miss Charlotte makes a case for maybe Heathcliff not being quite as evil as we’re led to believe, Emi tells a campfire ghost story, and Andrew gets John Bunyon mixed up with Paul Bunyon (should be a good chuckle for those of you who are fans of The Pilgrim’s Progress).

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S1 E5 – What? No Room Service?

S1 E5 – What? No Room Service?

In this week’s episode, we discuss Chapters 12 – 15 of Wuthering Heights. Andrew gives his report in the form of a religious sermon (delivered by an idiot), Andrew threatens to burn Daniel’s house down during a disagreement on Heathcliff’s relative culpability in the mess that is his relationship with Cathy, and we learn the significance of Heathcliff being “found” in Liverpool particularly.

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S1 E3 – Code Shifting or Feathered Beaver – Chapters 7 – 9

S1 E3 – Code Shifting or Feathered Beaver – Chapters 7 – 9

This week, we discuss Chapters 7 to 9 of Wuthering Heights. We cover Catherine’s feathered beaver, her efforts at code shifting, and we dig a little into late 18th century fashion. For this week’s reader report, Emi has prepared a rap. Daniel sings the hook. As always, we do the Cathartic Pop Quiz, and a new Teacher’s Pet and Class Dunce are crowned. Stay tuned at the end for a couple of outtakes and a special bonus track!

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S1 E2 – Double Framed – Chapters 4 – 6

S1 E2 – Double Framed – Chapters 4 – 6

This week, we discuss Chapters 4 – 6 of Wuthering Heights. We cover dogs, and Nelly Dean, and a little bit about Patrick Brontë, Emily’s father.  Juri presents this week’s reader report (a diorama! see photos below!). As always, we do the Cathartic Pop Quiz, and a new Teacher’s Pet and Class Dunce are crowned. Also, stay tuned at the end for a couple of outtakes. Like them? Let us know and we’ll stick one or two at the end of each episode.

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S1 E1 – Pious Ejaculations – Chapters 1 – 3

S1 E1 – Pious Ejaculations – Chapters 1 – 3

In Miss Charlotte’s Finishing School for Wayward Readers, four readers choose a piece of Victorian-era literature and read it together, guided by our schoolmarm Charlotte Sampson. As we discuss the book in a deep but irreverent manner, we compete for points to see who will be the Teacher’s Pet and who will be the Class Dunce.

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Addendum

Tidbits too large or obscure to fit in the show notes.

Season 1, Episode 2, Addendum

Season 1, Episode 2, Addendum

As discussed in this episode, here is the full size image of the announcement of England's first lottery. To see it in context on the British Library site, visit https://www.bl.uk/learning/timeline/item102765.html

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