The Eyre Affair
The first installment in Jasper Fforde’s New York Times bestselling series of Thursday Next novels introduces literary detective Thursday Next and her alternate reality of literature-obsessed England Fans of Douglas Adams and P. G. Wodehouse will love visiting Jasper Fforde's Great Britain, circa 1985, when time travel is routine, cloning is a reality (dodos are the resurrected pet of choice), and literature is taken very, very seriously: it’s a bibliophile’s dream. England is a virtual police state where an aunt can get lost (literally) in a Wordsworth poem and forging Byronic verse is a punishable offense. All this is business as usual for Thursday Next, renowned Special Operative in literary detection. But when someone begins kidnapping characters from works of literature and plucks Jane Eyre from the pages of Brontë's novel, Thursday is faced with the challenge of her career. Fforde's ingenious fantasy—enhanced by a Web site that re-creates the world of the novel—unites intrigue with English literature in a delightfully witty mix. Thursday’s zany investigations continue with six more bestselling Thursday Next novels, including One of Our Thursdays is Missing and the upcoming The Woman Who Died A Lot. Visit jasperfforde.com.
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1. A Woman Named Thursday Next
The setting of this novel takes place in England. The picture below shows a map of England. (This annotation contains an image)
From this detail about the narrator's father we can infer that
Use the Define feature to look up words that you don't understand. Simply highlight a word that you find challenging and Curriculet will provide you with a definition for that word.
From this detail we can infer that the narrator's father
The dodo is an extinct flightless bird that lived around the Indian Ocean basin. The narrator explains that dodos are no longer extinct. From this detail along with several other from the first chapter, we can infer that this novel is set in a make- believe setting where cloning and time travel exists. Pay close attention to details that differ from reality. (This annotation contains an image)
2. Gad’s Hill
The details in the beginning of chapter 2 reveal what fact about literature in this society?
The narrator's name is Thursday Next. She is a Literary Detective. From the title of her job, we can infer that literature is a very important fixture of this society.
"The hokey" refers to prison.
This line reveals that Thursday Next is ___________ about the theory regarding the way the book was stolen.
3. Back at My Desk
Watch the short video clip of the television series based off of the novel Martin Chuzzlewit by Charles Dickens. The clip will give you an idea of the setting and main characters in the novel that was stolen. (This annotation contains a video)
The extent to which the missing book is being searched for is another example of the important role that literature plays in this society. Would a missing book elicit this type of response in our society?
This description reveals physical characteristics of
What does Thursday mean when she says, "He left a leg behind"?
The image below shows a picture of Venetian blinds. If you were Thursday, would you be nervous if someone approached you in the same way as the man with the scar did? (This annotation contains an image)
What does this detail reveal about the man who stole the document?
Since the name of the suspect looks familiar to Thursday, we can infer that the suspect may have already been caught stealing books before.
What does Tamworth mean by the word containment?
We can infer that "fluted expansion slugs" are high powered weapons that may also be illegal to carry. Since Thursday says that she will be in trouble if she gets caught with them, it is clear that these are very dangerous weapons.
4. Acheron Hades
Recall that Thursday explained she had a pet dodo who was cloned. It appears that there were some problems with the cloning from the way that she is talking to the vet.
The imagery of the highlighted passage creates a ___________ mood.
"Flat" refers to an apartment. It is a word that is commonly used in England but not typically used in America.
From this detail we can infer that
What does this detail reveal about the person at the door?
Francis Bacon lived from 1561- 1626. He was a very influential politician and philosopher. In this passage, the Baconian believes that Francis Bacon wrote Shakespeare's plays. To this day, some people question Shakespeare's authorship of all the plays and sonnets. (This annotation contains an image)
As you read, think about how Thursday is evolving in her new role. She is exhibiting a tremendous amount of bravery in pursuing this highly dangerous suspect. Watch the short video below to learn more about how characters develop and use that information to keep track of how Thursday emerges as a strong character in the following situation. (This annotation contains a video)
What does Thursday's decision reveal about her character?
5. Search for the Guilty, Punish the Innocent
The author is revealing small details about the incident that occurred when Thursday was pursuing the suspect. However, the author also gives us a hint about the extent of what happened with the excerpt at the beginning of the chapter from a biography about Thursday Next. This leaves the audience knowing more than Thursday does at the beginning of the chapter. Why do you think the author uses this technique to move the plot along?
Based on Thursday's reaction, what can we infer about the events that led to her injuries?
Who did Thursday Next think the little old lady was?
A lift refers to an elevator. This is another example of a word that is different from the American version. Remember that the setting of this novel is in England.
The image below shows a nine-millimeter Beretta. This is a type of gun that was found at the scene. (This annotation contains an image)
What detail regarding Hades' abilities accounts for the witnesses losing their memory?
In Greek mythology, Acheron was one of the five rivers of Hades. Hades the mythological Greek underworld.
Based on the information in the highlighted passage, the year that the novel takes place is _________.
When Flanker says, "You can return to your unit without a blemish on your record," he is saying that
Recall that Next was involved with Filbert in a romantic way many years before. Initially, she thought Snood was Filbert's father. However, it turns out that he was actually Filbert disguised to look significantly older.
This detail reveals that characters in this novel can
The image below shows a pager. Pagers were popular before cell phones. They could not send messages, but could receive messages from numbers so individuals would know if someone needed them to call them. (This annotation contains an image)
6. Jane Eyre: A Short Excursion into the Novel
A summary of the novel "Jane Eyre" can be accessed using the link below. Characters from the novel are referenced throughout this novel. (This annotation contains a link)
What does the guide mean when she wishes that visitors would behave "more like sheep"?
If you have not had the opportunity to read Jane Eyre, you may want to check out this video that will give you a quick synopsis of the novel. Since there will be several references to events in Jane Eyre, having a basic understanding of the plot will be helpful! (This annotation contains a video)
From this detail, we can infer that
To learn more about Charlotte Bronte, the author of Jane Eyre, watch the video below which shows the actual home of the Bronte sisters. The Bronte sisters were known for their literary prowess which was remarkable given the fact that they wrote their novels in the nineteenth century before women were given full equality. (This annotation contains a video)
Rochester is the character in "Jane Eyre" that Thursday Next saw when she was at the Jane Eyre museum. Rochester is Jane's employer in the novel "Jane Eyre."
7. The Goliath Corporation
The speaker argues that people should believe Thursday Next because
The image below shows an early edition of the novel "Martin Chuzzlewit." Do you think that someone would pay this much money for this book in our society? (This annotation contains an image)
Use the Define feature to look up the definition for despotic. Then, pick out the synonym for the word despotic from the list below.
8. Airship to Swindon
The map below shows the location of Swindon, England. (This annotation contains an image)
The map below contains a visual of the Crimean Peninsula. Thursday Next refers to the Crimea often. In this novel, a long and extended war is taking place in Crimea. (This annotation contains an image)
Another way to say "rabid support" is
"Richard III" is a play written by Shakespeare. Richard III was a king of England who was portrayed as a hunchback in the play. Imagine a machine where you could insert money and hear Shakespeare plays. Would you pay money to listen? Below is a portrait of Richard III. (This annotation contains an image)
The details about Thursday Next's performance in the war indicate that she is _______.
From this detail it appears that in addition to time travel, vampires and werewolves also play a role in this novel.
From this detail about the wolf in the car we can infer that the wolf is
When Thursday mentions '75 she means the year 1975.
From this detail, it is clear that
The image below shows a red 356 Speedster. (This annotation contains an image)
9. The Next Family
"The automatic" refers to the gun on Thursday's shoulder. Think about why this would make her mother feel awkward.
Mycroft is clearly ___________.
The image below is a painting of the famous British actress and model from the 18th century, Emma Hamilton. Since Thursday Next's father travels in time, do you think it is possible that he has become involved with this woman? (This annotation contains an image)
What does the special paper that Mycroft is showing Thursday do?
The image below shows a bloodhound. This type of dog is known for its fantastic sense of smell. (This annotation contains an image)
What did Mycroft program the maggots to do?
The picture below shows a maggot. Would you want this creature around to act as a Thesaurus when you needed to find the synonym of a word? (This annotation contains an image)
The reaction that Thursday's mom has when Thursday brings up the colonel is best described as __________.
"Daft" is a British saying for "silly" or "stupid." Remember that this novel takes place in England and some of the language will differ from English words that you might hear in America.
10. The Finis Hotel, Swindon
John Milton was an English poet who lived during the 17th century. His most well-known volumes of poetry is titled "Paradise Lost." The picture below is a portrait of Milton. (This annotation contains an image)
What does "the throng of Miltons" refer to?
The Cheshire Cat is a reference to the cat from the novel, "Alice in Wonderland." The image below shows the Disney interpretation of the Cheshire Cat from the novel. (This annotation contains an image)
The word "mad" refers to someone being "crazy." This is another example of variations of words in the English language in England.
We can infer that the Dickens manuscript was ___________.
What happened to the Chuzzlewit manuscript?
What happens when Next's father arrives?
It is clear from Landen's comment that he did not see Thursday's dad when her dad was talking to her. Clearly, her father has a very unique ability to both travel through time and to also remain unseen by people.
The details indicate that Thursday next and Landen have a
The mood of the room is best described as _________.
Thursday is referring to the copy of Jane Eyre that stopped the bullet and saved her life when she was shot. Remember that Jane Eyre is a novel that was written by Charlote Bronte in 1847.
The image of the "Hand of God" from the Sistine chapel is pictured below. (This annotation contains an image)
11. Polly Flashes Upon the Inward Eye
Since Mycroft offers to have his wife travel in the machine first, we can infer that
The phrase "guinea-pigged" refers to the fact that Polly is acting as a test subject for her husband's invention. Guinea pigs (pictured below) are rodents that are used as test animals for scientists. As a result, people use the term "guinea pig" to describe times when something is being tested on someone. (This annotation contains an image)
The image below is a portrait of William Wordsworth. Wordsworth was a Romantic poet from the early 1800s. (This annotation contains an image)
From the details in this passage we can infer that Polly has
12. SpecOps-27: The Literary Detectives
"Titus Andronicus" is a tragedy by William Shakespeare. It is one of the most violent plays Shakespeare ever wrote and many people consider it to be the worst play that he wrote.
Herr Bight is _________ when he meets Thursday Next.
What does Mr. Cable want to do regarding the death of his colleague?
Surrealism is a cultural movement that began in the 1920s. They are best known for trying to merge the worlds of dreams and reality. The video below will give you a brief background on this movement. Why would people who identify with this movement and call themselves surrealists riot? (This annotation contains a video)
We can infer that "divined my thoughts" means
Think about why Braxton would be uneasy about Next's question. Could the author be revealing that Braxton is trying to hide something?
14. Lunch with Bowden
From the description of the cafe, it can best be described as ___________.
Next believes that the waitress lost someone the same way she lost her brother. Since the waitress doesn't talk about it with Next, we can infer that this is a topic that is not discussed in public.
The waitress gives Thursday and Bowden free food to
The portrait below shows Edward De Vere, the seventeenth Earl of Oxford. Several theories have emerged regarding the possibility that De Vere was the author of Shakespeare's plays. (This annotation contains an image)
15. Hello & Goodbye, Mr. Quaverley
Wales is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. View the map below to see where Wales is located in comparison to Britain. (This annotation contains an image)
Thursday Next's prediction that Hades is still alive is _______.
"Breaking on the wheel" was a form of capital punishment during the Middle Ages. Alleged criminals would be placed on the wheel and beaten to death. The image below shows the wheel in use during the Middle Ages. What does the fact that people wanted Hades to experience this reveal about Hades' crimes? (This annotation contains an image)
From this passage, we can infer that Hades is
In this context, "mad" means ________.
Hades is referring to the author Charles Dickens. Dickens was a 19th century British author who wrote the "Chuzzlewit" manuscript that Hades stole.
Mr. Quaverley is
The detail about Mycroft's reaction indicates the seriousness of what has just happened. What do you think the repercussions of the actions Hades has just set in motion will be?
16. Sturmey Archer & Felix7
Romeo is a character from the Shakespeare play "Romeo and Juliet." In this scene, Romeo's lines are recorded and being spoken by a robotic mannequin.
In this context "dispatched him" means _________.
Schitt says, "the only lead I've got is flatline." He means that the only lead he has is dead. "Flatline" refers to what happens when someone dies and they are connected to a heart rate monitor. The monitor shows a flat line instead of the beating of the heart. The image below shows this phenomenon. (This annotation contains an image)
What is incorrect about Schitt's statement?
Victor is implying that if Thursday leaves to go help Spike she will die. Despite this warning, Thursday continues on her way to try to help Spike. Think about what this detail reveals about Thursday's character.
From this detail we can infer that Bowden
17. SpecOps-17: Suckers & Biters
Thursday spots a crucifix on the neck of the janitor. This immediately puts her more at ease. In many myths, vampires are deterred by the sight of a crucifix. We can infer that Thursday realizes the janitor is not a vampire since he is wearing a crucifix. The image below shows a picture of a gold crucifix necklace that may have been similar to the one the janitor was wearing. (This annotation contains an image)
What is Spike doing when Thursday Next finds him?
"Fang" refers to
This image shows jars of preserved specimens that are probably similar to the ones that Spike had just eaten. (This annotation contains an image)
18. Landen Again
Another way to say "chucking up" is
This couple has attended the play "Richard III" two hundred times. What does this reveal about the society and the way that it values Shakespearean plays?
The details in this chapter indicate that this society deeply values____________.
Landen is calling wrinkles "laughter lines." Both Next and Landen have aged since the last time they saw each other. Despite the fact that it has been a long time since they were romantically involved, the dialogue in this chapter reveals that they still have chemistry together.
The dialogue in this scene is happening in
Recall that Mr. Rochester is the character from the novel "Jane Eyre."
19. The Very Irrev. Joffy Next
Why was the text in this letter deleted by censors?
Use the Define feature to look up the word exasperated. Then, pick the synonym of exasperated from the list of words below.
Thursday Next is describing her past with Landen and her experience in the war. This is a literary device called "flashback." Watch the video below to learn about why this device is used in literature. (This annotation contains a video)
Global Standard Deity is the name of the common religion that exists in England. In earlier chapters, this religion was described as being a combination of many religions.
Thursday and Joffy's relationship can best be described as __________.
20. Dr. Runcible Spoon
The man who comes into the office can be described as ________.
Recall that Hades had Mycroft help him enter the book so that he could change something within the book. Mr. Quaverly was taken out of the book and brought into the present day. Pay close attention to how the book has changed.
Who is Mr. Quaverley?
The Taming of the Shrew is a play by William Shakespeare. It is a comedy that was written around 1590.
What novel did Thursday next "jump" into?
21. Hades & Goliath
We can infer that this letter is from ________.
The image below shows an example of an indoor ball putter. Schitt is practicing his putting with a device that is similar to this. (This annotation contains an image)
Daisy's tone is ________.
22. The Waiting Game
In this novel, Hades is the antagonist and Next is the protagonist. Watch the short video below to learn more about how to tell who is the protagonist and who is the antagonist in a story. (This annotation contains a video)
Thursday's reaction to the news that Landen is getting married is best described as __________.
23. The Drop
The equivalent to ten million British pounds in US currency is about one and a half million dollars.
What does Hades mean when he tells Thursday "don't try anything heroic"?
The image below shows a karabiner. (This annotation contains an image)
The highlighted passage has a(n) _________ tone.
The Severn is a river that separates parts of England and Wales. See the image below for a map of England and Wales illustrating the major rivers of Great Britain, including the Severn. (This annotation contains an image)
Ohio would be a significant transfer for Thursday since she currently lives in England. The map of the United States below includes Ohio in red. (This annotation contains an image)
We can infer that Thursday feels that Daisy is
24. Martin Chuzzlewit Is Reprieved
The image below shows a picture of a daffodil. (This annotation contains an image)
"Mr. W." refers to ___________.
Pride and Prejudice is a novel by a British author, Jane Austen. It was published in 1813.
We can infer that Hades can only alter the stories if
25. Time Enough for Contemplation
Use the Define feature to look up the word counterfeit. Then, find a synonym for counterfeit from the list below.
The image below shows a chalice. A chalice is a large goblet that is used to drink from. In comparing the events that just unfolded to a poisoned chalice, Thursday is saying that no matter what Braxton does, he is in trouble. (This annotation contains an image)
The details in this paragraph reveal that it is possible for people in this society to surgically use someone else's face on a body. This gruesome revelation would seem to make police work highly challenging.
Victor has a _______ opinion of the Earthcrossers.
26. The Earthcrossers
The purpose of this paragraph is
What does the narrator mean by "gorillas" in this example?
The men that are guarding the Land Rover are quizzing Victor on facts about the planets in the solar system. We can infer that Earthcrossers would be very familiar with the answers to these questions. Since Victor is not an Earthcrosser, he has to resort to other means to get the answers to these questions.
This is an image of a catcher's glove. Why would Earthcatchers bring a catcher's glove to their meetings? (This annotation contains an image)
Since everyone is wearing a helmet, what can we infer about the activities that are about to take place?
This is an image of a meteorite. As you continue reading, pay attention to how the Earthstrikers describe the importance of meteorites. (This annotation contains an image)
"The body" refers to
This is a picture of a set of ninepins. Ninepins are used in bowling. (This annotation contains an image)
Muller's response is ______________.
Thursday's tone is _________.
Visit the page below to read more about Dic Penderyn. Most scholars today actually believe that Dic Penderyn was probably guilty of his crime. What do you think? (This annotation contains a link)
Tamburlaine is a play by Christopher Marlowe. It was written in the late 1580s. Marlowe was a contemporary of Shakespeare. The portrait below is widely believed to be a portrait of Marlowe. (This annotation contains an image)
This is a portrait of Queen Elizabeth. She was on the throne during Shakespeare's time. (This annotation contains an image)
This detail reveals that Chris is
27. Hades Finds Another Manuscript
Recall that the only way Acheron Hades can travel into a story using Mycroft's technology is through the original manuscript.
Rochester is the same character who
The passage describing Crimea is an example of ___________.
"MO" stands for modus operandi. Modus operandi means the way something is typically done.
What does Thursday mean when she says that Jane "has one charge"?
Charlotte Bronte was an English author who lived during the first part of the 19th century. She published Jane Eyre under the name Currer Bell. The photograph below was taken in 1854. (This annotation contains an image)
Thursday's answer to the question indicates that she
This is an image of a Chinook helicopter that is probably similar to the one described in this passage. (This annotation contains an image)
We can infer that being a ChronoGuard is
The word "motorway" is the British version of "freeway" or "highway."
Why does Thursday say that her situation with time travel would make sense to her father?
Do you think that Thursday wanted to be gone for thirty-one years?
28. Haworth House
Goliath will cut out the reference to their corporation because
Jurisdiction is the area that the law enforcement is responsible for covering. In this case, Thursday is out of her jurisdiction and this fact is drawing attention to her.
We can infer that Thursday believes the person who is responsible for stealing the manuscript is ________.
"Bleating" is the sound that sheep make. In comparing Braxton's voice to the bleating of sheep, what do you think Victor thinks about what Braxton had to say?
Hobbes is located
At this point, Jane Eyre is brought into the future. How do you think she will react when she arrives and has to grapple with Acheron Hades?
30. A Groundswell of Popular Feeling
This is an image of a parapet. A parapet is a small wall along a roof. (This annotation contains an image)
Braxton's demeanor can best be described as_________.
31. The People’s Republic of Wales
Recall that Wales is a country located next to Britain. Here is a map of Wales and Britain. In this novel, Wales is described as having a very contentious relationship with Britain. In reality, this is not the case. (This annotation contains an image)
From the details in this passage we can infer that the shopkeeper
People in Wales speak Welsh. The video below provides a brief introduction to some common Welsh phrases. (This annotation contains a video)
Hades wishes to
"Mite" is another way to say "bit". In other words, Schitt is saying, "It's a bit more complicated than that."
The technology that Goliath has created
When Thursday's father arrives in a scene, time slows down. In this case, he arrived at the exact second that Thursday was about to get shot.
Thursday Next's father has the ability to
32. Thornfield Hall
Thornfield Hall is the setting of
Recall that Acheron can hear his name being spoken, even if he is out of earshot. Why do you think that Thursday wants him to know that she is there?
Pilot is a __________.
Think about the importance of leaving Jane Eyre oblivious to the fact that she is being watched. Why is this so important?
What indicates that Thursday has grown strong?
"Louse it up" is a colloquialism meaning "mess it up."
33. The Book Is Written
From this detail we can infer that Mr. Rochester
Mr. Rochester reveals that his life is one continuous loop within the novel. Do you think that this is preferable to the way life exists in the real world?
Thursday was actually speaking with
In an earlier part of the book, Thursday had attempted to shoot Hades. Her attempts were unsuccessful and she learned that Hades cannot be killed that way.
Why does Hades seem so happy?
Recall that Tamworth and Snood were involved with Thursday's first attempt to capture and kill Hades. Both men had been killed in the process.
34. Nearly the End of Their Book
Thursday is located in
Rochester is referring to the man that Jane Eyre was engaged to. The language he uses to describe this man illustrates his extreme dislike of this particular individual. The word "gutless" communicates Rochester's belief that Jane's new husband does not have courage.
What can we infer about the fate of Jack Schitt?
35. Nearly the End of Our Book
Landen was Thursday's romantic partner for many years and is now marrying someone else. Do you see any parallels to this situation and the novel Jane Eyre?
The events in Thursday's life are currently mirroring
How do the events at Landen's wedding compare to the events in Jane Eyre?
Watch the clip from a film adaptation of the novel Jane Eyre to see what one interpretation of Rochester's proposal to Jane Eyre. Does the film version have any similarities to the events in this novel? (This annotation contains a video)
Thursday Next and Landen are now engaged. Do you think that Landen is rushing into things considering he asked Thursday Next to marry him on the steps of the church he was just about to get married to someone else in?
Thursday's interference in Jane Eyre
A lapel is the folded piece of fabric near the opening of a coat. Here is an image to illustrate the location of a lapel. (This annotation contains an image)
Thursday believes that Russia
Since the ChronoGuard will be tracking down Thursday's father, we can infer that he is not supposed to show up at his daughter's wedding.
We can infer that sprogs refers to
Edgar Allan Poe was a poet and author who is known for his poems and stories with dark and dreary subject matter. The mix-up that resulted in Schitt being sent into Poe's poems is quite humorous to everyone except Schitt.
From the contents of the poem, it is clear that Jack Schitt is ________.