posting my thoughts on the first day of May! Yikes!
Obviously, my blogging during the month of April was way behind!
As I begin reading this installment, I keep wondering when the promised introduction of Dr. Slammer to the other two Pickwickians, Mr. Pickwick and Mr. Tupman, would occur, since I couldn't imagine it wouldn't be chaos and turmoil as soon as Dr. Slammer recognized Tupman, as well as the first 'stranger' to join their group, Mr. Jingle. For if he was also present...well...who knows? Would a dual be fought right then and there once Dr. Slammer recognized the person who insulted him and disrupted his intended courtship of the widow at last night's ball? (Mental note: never loan your friend's clothing to a stranger! Who knows what could happen in the aftermath?) :) Of course, both Winkle and Snodgrass are totally ignorant of the fact that Mr. Jingle had worn Mr. Winkle's jacket while causing "injuries" to Dr. Slammer the previous evening! I was already laughing at the prospect!
And then...just as Mr. PIckwick puts his glass down and opens his mouth in preparation to speak in response to a story told by the new stranger, the waiter enters, announcing, "Some gentlemen, sir."
Chapters 6-8 await us in May. :)