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I didn't find this portion of the book to be very interesting.. most of it seemed like filler and/or small stories necessary to the plot (meeting family, getting married, buying a house, etc.) Is there anything anybody found interesting in this section?
The only major event that i saw as toward the end of this section, Henry's traveling begins to become more severe. What also worries me is that in one part of the book they say that Henry knows he lives to be as old as forty something (43 maybe?) but after that he either dies or doesn't time travel anymore.
There was also the incident of the drug use in this section. Henry has to go to the hospital after taking an experimental drug that his friend made.
Do you think Clare is still waiting to meet the man she fell in love with?
Is Henry ready to become that man?
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I also think that showing the parts of the normal life showed that Henry wanted it. He wanted to be able to sit in his own house with his family and enjoy it.
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As for the drug use, I understand his desperation to be normal for the wedding. It has brought him to the point of recklessness. Even after all his efforts, he (young Henry) wasn't present for the wedding ceremony. The beautiful thing is, though, that Clare got to marry the man she fell in love with (older Henry).
Thankfully young Henry cut his hair right before the wedding, or else that would've been pretty difficult to explain.
To take us lands away,
Nor any coursers like a page
Of prancing poetry.
This traverse may the poorest take
Without oppress of toll;
How frugal is the chariot
That bears a human soul!