"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.)

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"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

Friday, February 5, 2010

Trying to Obey

Can I cheat and do my hour of obedience while I'm driving in my car? I'm a little worried where this obedience thing could go.

I know I can't do it at work. Imagine Ella of Frell with a job! In customer service!!!!

But where could I do it that I wouldn't be making the biggest fool of myself ever possible? Or put my life, sanity, decent name, good reputation on the line? Or try not to laugh my head off as I'm forced to keep the secret of what I'm doing while I look and act like an idiot?

I know.

I'm sympathizing more and more with Ella.


Sara Lyn said...

You could do it at church. :)

Heidi said...

I'd thought that. But then what if someone in their lesson says something like Dan Andelin: That's the spirit of the law--kill the drunk guy who has your scriptures!

Of course, no drunk guy has my scriptures, so I suppose they are safe....

Hannah said...

I think you should do it in a setting where there's at least some danger of making a fool out of yourself. If you're in the car, you might get in a wreck following the advice of song lyrics, for one thing. And for another, it would be sad if your hour of obedience didn't make you do at least one semi-ridiculous thing. Maybe you could try it during a movie night with a friend or during one hour of the Super Bowl (as long as you're allowed to disobey commercials, that is). Hmm. This is tricky.

Christina T said...

That sounds like something fun to try. It is harder for adults to find situations in which we have to obey everything we are told to do. If I wanted to do this, I'd tell my younger sister who would have a lot of fun making me do ridiculously embarrassing things or eat things I hate to eat.

It has been a long time since I read the book but I do remember the movie and all the horrid things Ella had to do.

Good luck with your challenge! I hope you will have a much more pleasant experience with it than poor Ella!

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