I am of two minds about Harper Lee’s Go Set A Watchman, even after reading the first chapter here.
It’s narrated by Jean Louise Finch, (you know her as Scout, I imagine) and I started thinking of the movie, To Kill a Mockingbird (and oh my gosh, you can watch the whole movie online here, if you don’t mind subtitles). And that got me to thinking about Mary Badham, who played Scout.
I loved Scout. Or I guess, more accurately, I loved how Mary Badham played Scout. And I began to wonder about her, if she were still alive or if she’d played any other role. (She is, and she has.) So when I saw that she was also famous for a Twilight Zone episode (the last Twilight Zone episode!) called “The Bewitchin’ Pool”…well, I had to watch it, and you can, too, right here.
It was a good one, for sure. And she was very good in it. Anyway, before I knew it, my Friday afternoon was gone.
Not too long ago, one of the Junior Halls (who had looked at the blog) asked why I said that I fished on Fridays. “You don’t fish,” she said. (She’s always been a rather literal child.)
How about you? Did the first chapter of Go Set a Watchman grab you? Or do you think there was good reason that Harper Lee kept it locked away for all these years? And didn’t you wish, maybe for just a minute, that Atticus Finch were your daddy? (I kinda loved that Mary Badham kept in touch with Gregory Peck till his death in 2003–and that she always called him Atticus.)