Hi, I just wonder if someone could tell me definitively what happens at the end of the book. I've read it twice now, the second time very carefully but I'm still not sure what the end is. I thought I knew who John Huffham's father was but when I got to the end I was unsure. It's a long time since I read it and I've forgotten all the intrigues (I'll have to read it again) but I know I felt very dissatisfied so when I saw this customer discussion thing I thought I may as well ask other people what they thought. Please can someone put my mind at rest?
I agree with Gallivant but since John's likeness to his grandfather was commented on several times i think it has to be Mary's father.I read this the only way i think it can be done. In 4 days just breaking for meals and sleep! Just about the best book I've read- where next?
thankyou to the previous posts .you have solved it for me,or have you?I thought it must be Martin or Mary's fatherbut was not sure.I encouraged my husband to read the book and he said it was Peter Clothier,I was still unsure.But now I know it was probably Mary's father or maybe Martin.Is Charles Palliser still aalive?perhaps we could ask him?
The UK Penguin edition has an afterword by the author where he talks about the ambiguities and the undercurrents in the book, as well as the ending and why it is unclear - it apparently all Victorian novel style. Haven't read the book yet, not sure I should start.