I have finished reading the play Hobson’s Choice by Harold Brighouse.
This is a GCSE set text at my placement school and I thought it best that I read it so that when I work with Year 11, I can help them understand it.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and loved the characters. It was satisfying to read and even though I disliked Maggie at the start, I really got to see what she was like throughout.
Hobson runs a show shop and mistreats his daughters, who work, wageless, in running his shop while he goes out and drinks. But when his young shoe-maker employee is praised by a wealthy customer as a talent, his eldest daughter Maggie forms a plan in which she disobeys her father’s orders and frees herself and her sisters from his grasp, and get them all into good marriages…
Very clever, with subtle humour and a great flow, I think I will enjoy discussing this play with the pupils at school!
The rest of these past few hours have involved me eating pizza and watching some My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic with my fiance. It’s good to take a break.
Now I am going to get stuck into An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir.