"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

Monday, April 5, 2010

Blue Castle Questions, Part 1

I have decided that it will always be difficult for me to find large chunks of time to devote to the Austen Knows Best Book Club. So I'm going to try smaller chunks. Yes. I am re-doing a bit of the running of the Book Club. But I don't think any of you will really mind.

We'll still read and talk about books. Of course! And there will still be questions to think about and answer. But this time I am going to answer one or two at a time. (Hopefully every one or two days!) That way I can get a little bit done every day, it will be easier for readers to comment on particular things, and it will involve us even more in the books that we're focusing on. I think it's a brilliant idea. Good job, me.

So, here we go!

Valancy wakened early, in the lifeless, hopeless hour just proceeding dawn.

How did you feel about Valancy’s situation at the beginning of the book?

I have definitely known this feeling. Within the last year, I have known it way too much. I am in a much happier, peaceful part of my life. But I have my moments when things are hard and feel hopeless. Luckily, I know that everything is not hopeless. And instead, now I try to find all of the wonderful things that bring me joy and gratitude in my life. I've spent quite some time trying to form a habit on focusing on the positive. Counting my many blessings seems to be an excellent way. So I can totally understand Valancy's situation. But I can also totally be opposite from it.

“Val-an-cy!”

How do you pronounce Valancy’s name?

Vuh-lance-ee. I've heard various ways of others. This is my preferred. And if my husband ever agrees that we can name one of our daughters this (even if just a middle name), then you can be sure I will make sure it is pronounced the way I prefer it! And no, I don't think it a silly thing that I want to name a daughter after the heroine of my favorite L.M. Montgomery book. She made an impact on my life, and she has pulled me through some interesting times. Her pretty name just happened to make the idea all the more appealing!

2 comments:

Sara Lyn said...

The beginning of the book very much felt stuck in the rut to me. She's always let herself be stepped all over and doesn't know how to get out of that. Ugh. Especially because she didn't realize that was what was happening for a long time.

I always said VAL-en-see. I keep repeating yours to myself to see if I can get used to it. :)

Heidi said...

I've heard your pronunciation from someone else. It makes me think of curtains. :-)

Mine sounds a little southern. Or maybe it's because once in my life I liked a southern boy named Lance. Who knows...