Fingersmith Topics for Discussion

Sarah Waters
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What are the conflicts that propel the plot of the novel?

Early in the novel, Sue indicates that she thinks Mrs. Sucksby was actually seeing in Sue her own child who had been born dead many years before. She says, "The idea made me shiver, rather; for it was queer to think of being loved, not just for my own sake, but for someone's I never knew." How does this reflection foreshadow the confusion of identities as the plot of the novel develops? How does it foreshadow the final reconciliation between Sue and Maud?

Innocence and knowledge are a key theme in this novel. Old Christopher Lilly, Maud's uncle, ends Maud's innocence. Who ends Sue's innocence? Who is actually innocent at the end of the novel?

The author has created an unusual structure for this novel. The entire novel is narrated in the first...

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