"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, April 14, 2010

Blue Castle Questions, Last Part

“You see—I’ve never had any real life,” she said. “I’ve just—breathed. Every door has always been shut to me.”

How do you relate to Valancy?

I'm half and half. Some times or situations I completely understand how she is feeling, or what she is thinking. Times when I feel just as suffocated, hurt, hopeless, sad, angry, passed over, desperate, and much more. But then there are the times or situations when I feel my life is completely under my control, that I am happy, that I have great opportunities and have had great experiences, that, well, that life is marvelous.

“You nice little thing,” said Barney suddenly. “Oh, you nice little thing! Sometimes I feel you’re too nice to be real—that I’m just dreaming you.”

Who is your favorite character?

Uh. Barney. Of course! Though followed quite closely by Valancy.

So these were the people she had always held in reverence and fear. She seemed to see them with new eyes.

Who is your least favorite character?

Probably the Uncle who tells the dumb jokes. He bugs me so much.

She read them all to Cissy, who loved them.

What are your favorite parts of the book?

I think I've been mentioning them as I've answered the questions. But here are my favorite: 1. The Proposal. 2. certain parts of their life together 3. The Portrait Painting 4. The Train Tracks 5. The "Confession"

“Piffle,” said Barney.

What are your least favorite parts of the book?

I get a little bored with the beginning of the book. But only because I'm anxious to get to the parts with Barney! Some parts in Roaring Abel's house are a bit boring. Again, because she and Barney aren't married, yet, and I'm just waiting to get there!

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