This story was very hard for me to understand, for one the spelling and the different style of writing made it very difficult for me to follow exactly what was going on or who was writing what. But a character who stood out to me was Tabitha Bramble, I found it funny how in todays culture (to my own experience) she seems to play the role of a male. Tabitha seems to be very outgoing and has only one thought on her mind , MEN. Tabitha seems to act as a male by trying to always “catch” a spouse and plotting or doing whatever she has to in order to find one and then it always is backfiring Also Tabitha seems to be more open than I would assume woman to be in this time. . I thought that it was a little weird that Humphry Clinker is not in the first half of the book but only later joins while is a a servant, why was the book named after him?
Another one of the female characters that was interesting was Lydia Melford. The romance situation she gets herself into with wilson said a lot about the time period of the book. When Lydia is not allowed to love or contact the love of her life for he is a lower social class than her , it really struct me as an olden day dilemma as now this may not be such a “BIG” deaL.
I also would like to continue my own personal elaboration on Bramble’s quote on feces. after reading this quote I was stuck on the particular phrase , “Human excrement is the least offensive part of the concrete, which is composed of all the drugs, minerals, and poisons, used in mechanics and manufacture, enriched with the putrefying carcasses of beasts and men;..how could the feces part of the water be the least offensive? to me I would assume that was the worst part or am I reading this wrong? I found it interesting that things that our societies use to enrich our world, are used in this quote as “poison” . Maybe all the things we think benefit our world actually pollute or poison our world. After all this is the stories of people traveling to see the beautiful natural parts of England.