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 GB #4 Dr. Svenson from babysitter to action figure
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yahoo.gif Yippeeeeeee it's double header day today, 2 discussion topics!!

Poor Dr. Svenson has his quiet life turned upside down when he goes from the prince's babysitter to a real life adventurer!

What did you think of the Dr. when you were first introduced to him? Then...did you change your mind at some point? When? Why?


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Admitedly, I haven't finished the book yet.
At first I thought of Johnny (Aberline) to be the good doctor.

I liked his knowledge about the *flower* gardens.

I'm starting to noticie some opposing parallels here too.
The first time I ever noticed these opposing forces was in ST.
Took me about 40 years to finally *Get* it. laugh.gif

Chang abilities, without senses , as someone mentioned.
The inexperienced lady using all of her senses.
The naive doctor thrown into the realm of science.

It all makes for interesting , charachters turned upside down, detailed reading. writing.jpg
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YES YES YES!!! snoopydance1.gif They DO together, make a whole!! I have this as a discussion point and will bump it up to today's so we can go with it now that you've brought it up. thumbsup.gif


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Poor Dr. Svenson, indeed! Here he was just floating through life on what seemed to be an easy ride. His only priority was babysitting the Prince which left him plenty of time to mourn his lost love. Until he followed the Prince to an underground location. He kind of reminded me at first of a younger Doc from Gunsmoke. It sounds crazy but that's how I pictured him at first. His worldly knowledge and slow methodical thinking.

At first his only focused was on his duty. Protect the Prince. Even when he 'ran into' Chang the first time his focus was to get the Prince to safety. My opinion of him rose when he realized the enormous plot going on around him and that the Prince wasn't to be saved. His deep sense of honor switched his allegiance to saving his country.

Over all Mr. Dahlquist gave us 3 intriguing main characters who seem to blend together nicely. I look forward to reading more of their adventures.


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Sandsitive, Mr Dahlquist will be thrilled, I'm sure to hear that so many are looking forward to the two sequels!!

Great point about Svenson switching his priorities when he saw things the way they really were. Today's discussion question gets into the three of them together, go HERE.


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All I can add is, I think Dr. Svenson is a sensitive, honorable man who got a lot more that he bargained for with his Prince, and as time went on and he got deeper into the intrigue, he surprised himself with what he was capable of.

I participate in these without benefit of being able to analyze books the way those with a higher education can. I just read and react. I'm not too deep a thinker, but I do enjoy reading the literary analyses, so thanks, everyone!


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QUOTE (amp @ Jan 8 2009, 08:36 AM)
All I can add is, I think Dr. Svenson is a sensitive, honorable man who got a lot more that he bargained for with his Prince, and as time went on and he got deeper into the intrigue, he surprised himself with what he was capable of.

I participate in these without benefit of being able to analyze books the way those with a higher education can. I just read and react. I'm not too deep a thinker, but I do enjoy reading the literary analyses, so thanks, everyone!

Me too amp I read and react. I don't worry about embarassing myself here - I write how it feels = seems to me.

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QUOTE (amp @ Jan 8 2009, 08:36 AM)
All I can add is, I think Dr. Svenson is a sensitive, honorable man who got a lot more that he bargained for with his Prince, and as time went on and he got deeper into the intrigue, he surprised himself with what he was capable of.

I participate in these without benefit of being able to analyze books the way those with a higher education can. I just read and react. I'm not too deep a thinker, but I do enjoy reading the literary analyses, so thanks, everyone!

Arnelle, we are happy and proud to have all sorts of replies and discussion here, we are just sharing thoughts and ideas. And I have to agree, Svenson was honorable and sensitive and he sure did get way more than he bargained for. And he thought he was just going to babysit the randy prince. unsure.gif


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QUOTE (HeidiGrant40 @ Jan 8 2009, 12:17 PM)
QUOTE (amp @ Jan 8 2009, 08:36 AM)
All I can add is, I think Dr. Svenson is a sensitive, honorable man who got a lot more that he bargained for with his Prince, and as time went on and he got deeper into the intrigue, he surprised himself with what he was capable of.

I participate in these without benefit of being able to analyze books the way those with a higher education can. I just read and react. I'm not too deep a thinker, but I do enjoy reading the literary analyses, so thanks, everyone!

Me too amp I read and react. I don't worry about embarassing myself here - I write how it feels = seems to me.

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That's all we ask HeidiGrant40! Thoughts and ideas that you want to share. biggrin.gif


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I must admit I've found Dr Svenson less than interesting than Miss Temple or the Cardinal but as I still have another third of the book to go, perhaps my opinion will change!

And I think it's great to "read and react" - I'm sure authors find opinions that are "straight from the heart" more interesting than academic analysis.


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I picture Doctor Svenson saying to himself, "I'm too old for this s--t." And yet, his body responds because his life and the lives of the others are on the line. Do you think Prince Karl-Horst will thank him later?


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QUOTE (amp @ Jan 8 2009, 06:53 PM)
I picture Doctor Svenson saying to himself, "I'm too old for this s--t." And yet, his body responds because his life and the lives of the others are on the line. Do you think Prince Karl-Horst will thank him later?

Nope.


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hehe--I knew the answer. Ungrateful brat! :-)


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QUOTE (amp @ Jan 8 2009, 07:59 PM)
hehe--I knew the answer. Ungrateful brat! :-)

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QUOTE (amp @ Jan 8 2009, 05:53 PM)
I picture Doctor Svenson saying to himself, "I'm too old for this s--t." And yet, his body responds because his life and the lives of the others are on the line. Do you think Prince Karl-Horst will thank him later?

I agree-I pictured the good doctor as somewhat older and wondering what the heck he really had gotten himself involved with Temple/Chang-lol! Yet, he didn't walk away and I think he felt some kind of loyalty to Temple as well----I think he has a "thing" for her, too. tongue.gif

He did drive me nuts a bit with his dedication to the dorky prince, but he did realize in the end what a waste that had been for him. I definitely could get clear images of all 3 characters in that fight in the dirigible at the end----Temple/Svenson I don't think could have pictured themselves fighting for their lives.

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