] definitely make it sound as if this had started out as someone's dissertation.
] I'm woefully behind the rest of you (having only just started the book),...
So am I and I do wish I had not paid that much meticulous attention to the introduction. Seems to be getting more lively now I am about to become absorbed by Love & Duty... I have not yet reached the point of desperation where I might resort to jumping about between the chapters at your every whim : so I do read comments, they are oftentimes informative but must keep my silence since I don't know what prompted them.
All the same, I am happy to have this book in my possession.
Just to let you know there are many ways to partake of a group-read! ;-)