You guys are good for me. You really are. You make me get out of my narrow little comfort zone and learn something. Case in point: You've reintroduced me to Our Mutual Friend.
I hadn't read the book in years and -- to tell the shocking truth -- had almost forgotten it. I'm not sure why -- for some reason, there are books that stay with one and books that don't, and this one just didn't. Until all you commenters came along and consistently had wonderful things to say about it, to the point where I was beginning to feel vaguely guilty about it.
Nibs's and Christy's praise in two separate guest posts was the final straw that convinced me I had to give it another try. I got the book out and have been dipping into it for the past two or three days. And during that time it's been slowly dawning on me, "Holy cow, this is AWESOME!"
Yeah, I know. I can hear the chorus of "DUH" from here.
What can I say? I've been a delinquent Dickensblogger. To my shame, OMF is not the only Dickens book that's become a blur in my memory. I've had a tendency to concentrate on a few and let others slip from my mind. But I'm committed to brushing off the dust and rediscovering more and more of the master's work, and that's thanks largely to you guys. As I said, you're good for me.
Of course, if some of you fangirls should end up getting me to add the rascally Eugene to my list of Dickensian crushes . . . I really would not know what to think about that. It could be that I've read you all wrong and you're really bad for me. :-)
But I don't think so. I think you're a terrific bunch of readers and commenters and it's a privilege to have you aboard. Like Mr. Meagles, but with better reason, I'm very gratified to be in such high company!