How did you enjoy the first eight chapters? There is a lot of history, and there are a lot of names mentioned. Are you easily able to remember who everyone is?
The first person we really get to know is Dorothy Vaughan. Wasn’t she interesting? She was an alumna of Wilberforce University—what a cool local connection! I couldn’t believe she was willing and able to leave for Langley at such short notice. Do you think you could have boarded a bus, leaving your kids at home, knowing that you wouldn’t be able to see them until Christmas? I don’t know if I would have had the strength to do that, even though was a great opportunity for Dorothy to provide for her children.
Once the book shifted to talk about daily life at Langley, I was struck by the fact that these female computers spent their whole day doing mathematical computations by hand. I can’t even imagine spending one hour doing advanced computations, much less spending my whole work day doing it! I think I would go crazy if I just had to deal with numbers all day. Do you think you would have made a good computer? Do any of you enjoy doing math and would like to do it all day?
In chapter eight, we meet Katherine Goble, a person who will become really important in later chapters. What are your first impressions of her?
For those who have watched the movie, how is the beginning of the book matching up with the beginning of the movie? I saw a lot of differences between the book and movie. Would you agree?
I can’t wait to hear what you think of the book so far. If you feel like it’s a little slow, don’t be discouraged. It gets more and more interesting the further you get into the story.
Before you go, check out this interview where some of the stars of the movie talk about the importance of telling this story.
Talk to you next week! Before you come back, make sure to read the next eight chapters!