The Casual Vacancy – #16

VIII

  • First time we have really heard from Gaia. I guess we have basically met all the major characters, unless there are some more surprises left for us
  • Isn’t the peace, quiet and the slow life just relaxing though?
  • Change is tough
  • Good to see Sukhvinder is going to get a friend
  • People can be so insensitive about other religions. It does sound a tad confusing, but really all religions are fundamentally the same
  • Sukhvinder likes Pagford for the reasons that Gaia hates it
  • Thinking ‘white’ as a minority would be a real shock to some people, but they just need to wake up
  • It is so embarassing, how cans he cope
  • Gaia can see what Kay cannot, and she even can see Andrew and his feelings towards herself
  • Strange to think that Gaia is so comfortable with boys staring at her, that she just accepts it
  • For I second I thought I had missed something and that it just said that Gaia and Andrew had had sex!
  • If he is 18, why isn’t he getting the condoms himself? Instead of Gaia stealing them from her mother (who surely must notice)?
  • Sorry Gaia, but he’ll probably cheat, no matter what he’s told you
  • They can leave the school grounds? I am so confused as to how old these kids are, can all kids at this high school leave the grounds? Or just the oldest? Must be everyone…
  • Oh dear! Krystal what are you doing? It isn’t Sukhvinder’s fault in the slightest. And really Nana Cath was getting old, so not everything is someone’s fault
  • Lucky timing
  • I guess Sukhvinder thought that Krystal wasn’t ‘one of them’ and was almost a friend. But who knows with Krystal. She is just like a lot of people that are so different with their friends compared to when their friends aren’t around
  • Truanting is not a good idea
  • Drowning? That isn’t peaceful, that would be traumatic
  • Let’s hope Tessa can help Sukhvinder
  • Telling someone is usually the best option, and it let’s you get everything off of your chest
  • Well Krystal has been talking to her family
  • OH! You just told Tessa about Fats and Krystal!!!!! That would have caused a stir! But Tessa can’t do a thing

IX

  • Can’t blame you for not wanting to go anywhere near Howard and the Mollisons
  • Oh, Kay when will you see?
  • Good on you Kay for taking the offensive against Howard and protecting the Fields and the clinic
  • Colin? Have an affair? I don’t think so
  • No, she isn’t the reporter, you don’t have to worry
  • Hopefully Kay can make a candidate out of Colin
  • What can a mother do?
  • Is that why he is Fats, cause he eats a lot but stays thin?
  • Kay is very prepared
  • Calm down Tessa!
  • Well done, didn’t let it slip twice, but Tessa knows who you are talking about anyway
  • No Tessa, Sukhvinder is NOT wrong
  • How come Barry started the rowing team? Did he used to row?
  • Barry sounds almost too good to be true, I hope there are no skeletons in his closet
  • Stats alone don’t win elections

X

  • Secrets don’t usually stay secret for very long
  • Sometimes though, when people actually know what is going on, they aren’t mad, they aren’t going to belittle you, they actually help you, and things aren’t so bad
  • Do Sukhvinder’s parents realise she has dyslexia? Because that can make learning so much more difficult, so it isn’t her fault she isn’t as perfect as someone without it.
  • This piece of land sounds like a lot of trouble, why don’t they just give the land to those people who are actually living there?
  • Parminder knows, and she doesn’t look happy
  • Seriously this sort of disapproval and lecturing doesn’t work! And Parminder doesn’t even understand what is going on, and doesn’t really give her a chance to explain
  • Sorry Parminder, but if Krystal Weedon was yelling at you, and threatening to bash you with a couple of her mates, I don’t think you would try and stand there and talk it out with her
  • Parminder you have just given Sukhvinder more ammunition in her self-loathing, you haven’t helped her at all
  • OH! Sukhvinder wants to get her revenge, and she might do it just like Andrew
  • Yes, Shirley had not deleted the user, so The Ghost of Barry Fairbrother, strikes again!
  • What did Parminder do? What happened on New Years Eve? Was it something with Barry? Oh god, if it was, Mary will be devastated

XI

  • Another funeral
  • Very sad that Terri doesn’t know who Robbie’s father really is
  • Terri you should go
  • Even if it means facing those you hate, but if you don’t go, then they’ll just think you haven’t changed a bit, and are disrespectful
  • Oh no, Obbo is coming over, for ‘business’, don’t go and use Terri, you’ve done so well
  • Now you’ve made Krystal miss the funeral!
  • OF course it is blood Fats fault that Krystal had a go at Sukhvinder!
  • Fats did get it wrong, well, we don’t know for sure, but I don’t think Parminder did any wrong
  • Good on you Krystal, looking out for your mum
  • See you could have both gone to the funeral and come back
  • Why don’t you help her Obbo? Or is it just because you want money?
  • So close Terri, almost got away. Why do you have to be so mean Obbo?
  • Oh no! Go away Obbo!
  • NO, NO, NO! F*** off Obbo!
  • DIE OBBO, DIE!
  • If you get her pregnant. God help you
  • Sorry Krystal, Barry’s dead, but Obbo doesn’t know
  • Poor Krystal!
  • Terri, he did
  • Krystal, go to the police!
  • Why couldn’t Barry still be around?
  • Even Terri had liked Barry!
  • You can’t have Obbo’s baby Krystal
  • Where can you go Krystal?
  • Don’t get pregnant no matter who it is Krystal! Not Fats!
  • Fats is most certainly strange
  • You don’t have to have a baby Krystal!

What a shocking end to the ‘part’, I wasn’t expecting Krystal to get raped! Who cares about the election anymore! This story is about Krystal, and what is going to happen next, the election is just the background plot.

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One thought on “The Casual Vacancy – #16

  1. That was a shocking ending, so shocking it didn’t really register for a while. Just a numb “that just happened” feeling. Very dramatic ending. I like how much happened in this. I felt a great sense of finality and importance to the ending of this section for some reason and Rowling certainly delivered.

    Colin Wall vs. Miles Mollison

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