Posted by: rearadmiral | October 13, 2013

The Ring/Dan Stevens Bday/Etc

Your Sunday Austen Meditation

“It is as if the music – everything in the novel that has given resonance and depth to the phrase – were affirming that Emma and Mr Knightley are in the sweetest harmony, whilst their words, selecting from that music only one meaning, display their partial sight, their temporary blindness, pathetically, movingly, comically, against the deep swell of that passionate concordance which unites them”. -John Wiltshire “The World of Emma”

“She could not explain or quite understand that it wasn’t altogether jealousy she felt, it was rage. And not because she couldn’t shop like that or dress like that. It was because that was what girls were supposed to be like. That was what men – people, everybody – thought they should be like. Beautiful, treasured, spoiled, selfish, pea-brained. That was what a girl should be, to be fallen in love with. Then she would become a mother and she’d be all mushily devoted to her babies. Not selfish anymore, but just as pea-brained. Forever.” 
― Alice Munro, Runaway

Awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature this week!

Aunt Norris gets some well deserved hate!

“Also snobby, and thoroughly meddlesome, is Mrs. Norris of Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park. No wonder J.K. Rowling named an annoying cat after her in the Harry Potter series. (I love cats, so I hated to write that sentence!)”

From 10/10, Happy Bday Dan Stevens!!!!

The Ring!

“The nineteenth-century novelist Margaret Oliphant opined that ‘Catherine Morland, with all her enthusiasm and her mistakes, her modest tenderness and right feeling, and the fine instinct which runs through her simplicity, is the most captivating picture of a very young girl which fiction, perhaps, has ever furnished.’ What makes this picture possible is Jane Austen’s willingness to present the full, unvarnished reality of her heroine’s innocence and eagerness, with no attempt to impute to her any wisdom beyond her years or to disguise her frequent descents into folly”. -“The Annotated Northanger Abbey” Annotated and Edited, with an Introduction, by David M. Shapard




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