"And to this purpose"

"If people like to read their books, it is all very well, but to be at so much trouble in filling great volumes, which, as I used to think, nobody would willingly ever look into, to be labouring only for the torment of little boys and girls, always struck me as a hard fate; and though I know it is all very right and necessary, I have often wondered at the person's courage that could sit down on purpose to do it." (In other words: rambling analyses, opinions, ideas, views, and comments from an English major, Essay/paper-writing enthusiastic, Austen-loving Master Librarian on, well, Jane Austen...and a whole lot of other things, too.)

"Celebrated Passages are Quoted"

Heidi's favorite quotes

"What is it really like to be engaged?" asked Anne curiously. "Well, that all depends on who you're engaged to," answered Diana, with that maddening air of superior wisdom always assumed by those who are engaged over those who are not."— L.M. Montgomery

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Christmas with Jane - 3

"If they were at home to grace the ball, a ball you would have this very Christmas."
- Mrs. Norris, Mansfield Park

I have always wanted to have a Christmas Ball. Once or twice growing up they had the church youth dance close to New Year's be a dress-up/formal one, but it wasn't the same. It wasn't Christmas. I wanted a Christmas Ball.

Today I watched the last 2/3 of HP and the Goblet of Fire, and there they had their Yule Ball. A dress-up-fancy dance at Christmas time. With the kind of dancing and music that you see at the beginning of their ball.

Yes, indeed. I would love a Christmas Ball. (With modest dresses, of course!) But I guess I just have too many Mrs. Norrises who think nothing of a Fanny Price, and say a ball will not be given because other supposedly more deserving women are not present to be given the ball. Where oh where is the Sir Thomas who would give a Christmas Ball "principally for [my] gratification?"


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