The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

by

Ann Shaffer

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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society: Part 1: 6-7 Feb, 1946 Summary & Analysis

Summary
Analysis
Juliet accepts Mark's invitation and suggests Thursday. In his reply, Mark insists that Thursday is too far away, suggests Monday, and signs off with his first name. He also asks if Juliet has a telephone. Juliet replies that her telephone is buried in her old apartment.
When Mark moves the date up after asking Juliet her preferences, he shows her that he doesn't actually believe she should get a say—asking her is just a way for him to seem as though he respects her.
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Dawsey writes to Juliet and says that the Society would like to be included in her articles. He explains that he's asked Mrs. Maugery to write Juliet about their meetings, as she's more educated. Dawsey says that he hasn't yet obtained a Charles Lamb biography, but the bookseller is looking. He says that he's currently re-roofing the Crown Hotel and enjoys corresponding with Juliet.
The joy that Dawsey finds through communicating with Juliet again reinforces the power of literature to connect two complete strangers. Now, he's more comfortable telling her about his life and wants to bring her into the community by connecting her with Mrs. Maugery.
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