Discussion Questions for Group 6: CL, RL, AR, HW
1. Why, after a failed relationship with Daniel, does Bridget continue to focus on finding a male partner so that she can form a “functional relationship?” (164). Why doesn’t she focus solely on herself?
2. Even though Bridget’s parents are still separated, Pam, Bridget’s “Mum,” still feels the need to shove Mark Darcy down Bridget’s throat in the hopes that the two will date. Pam even tells Bridget that he describes her as “‘bizarre'” (182), and yet she presses Bridget to attend the ruby wedding celebration Darcy is throwing for his parents .
What do Pam’s actions imply about her attitude toward Bridget? Why does she feel Darcy would be a good catch for Bridget even though he characterizes her as “bizarre?”
3. When the wrong word ruins everything: As Bridget begins to make-out with twenty-something Gav, he touches her stomach and say, “Mmm. You’re all squashy” (190).
How does Bridget react to those words, and why do you feel she responds that way? How do her age and insecurities impact how she reacts? Do you agree or disagree with her reaction?