"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

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Tuck Answers, Part 4

  1. Would you want to look like you do now when you are 87?
No way. I want the respect people (generally) give people in older age. If I looked as I do now, no one would know I'm old! I don't fear age. Of course, there are plenty of ways I hope I don't end up looking like. But looking 27 when I am 87 and feel older? Nah. I'll pass.
  1. What is the role of women in the text?
Winnie is the temptress and the reward in ways where Jesse is concerned. I'll leave you to ponder that. She is also our connection to the discovery of this strange family and the lessons to be learned from them. She helps us learn the importance of being allowed to fly. Winnie's mother is constriction, rules, suffocation, and love given hesitantly. Mrs. Tuck is gentleness, stability, constancy, and freely giving love. Was there a grandmother, or was that the movie? I don't know if this quite answers the question, but that's what came to mind to say.

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