"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

Monday, December 21, 2009

Christmas with Jane - 7

"We have had a very dull Christmas."
-Mary Elliot Musgrove, Persuasion

Well, we can't count on anything positive coming from Mary, can we? It's nice to remember that usually whatever she is thinking or feeling is quite the opposite of how it was. Besides, everyone knows that you only have as much of a fun (or dull) time as you let yourself. I shall have no problem in the least having a fantastic Christmas. It's going to be even better considering the contrast it is certain to have from my last (and absolute worst ever) Christmas.

1 comment:

Sara Lyn said...

One of the Persuasion spin-offs I read had an interesting perspective on Mary. They pointed out that Mary has lost her mother at a fairly young age and with her father being the way she was, she was most likely neglected and probably came up with her hypochondria because it was the only way she got any attention. It's been quite awhile since I've read the book. Does it bring that up?