everyone know's what this book is about, but i will still provide a quick bite. i enjoyed the book (not as much as jane eyre but more than persuasion). there were some parts that i thought were quite slow, but man the dialogue was great, especially between lizzie and darcy. those were always my favorite parts.
i read part of this book in hollyweird.
- the dialogue: when the dialogue is present man is it witty. especially any conversation involving darcy and elezabeth. the banter between the two characters has such a wonder a wonderful flow and the sassiness. or ms. bingley with anyone.
- criticism of marriage: austen shows several types of marriages, but it really narrows down to two: love/friendship or business/reputation? lizzie will not marry to better her or her family's class but for true fondness.
- elizabeth's humbleness: money is not big for her. she does not care for extravagancy. she literally walks in the mud to see her sister at bingley's place and gives no fucks that her dress is mud stained. what a eighteenth century badass.
"vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously. a person may be proud without being vain. pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves, vanity to what we would have others think of us."
"i might as well enquire,' replied she, ;why with so evident desire of offending and insulting me, you choose to tell me that you liked me against your will, against your reason, and even against your character?"
"can i speak plainer? do not consider me now as an elegant female, intending to plague you, but as a rational creature, speaking the truth from her heart."
"an unhappy alternative is before you, elizabeth. from this day you must be a stranger to one of your parents. your mother will never see you again if you do not marry mr. collins, and i will never see you again if you do."
i will say it is disappointed that darcy really didn't say, 'you have bewitched me body and soul,' but hey, you win some you lose some. also the, "lovely boiled potatoes" quotes. boo :(
'persuasion,' jane austen
this is probably jane austen's least popular book. on readers lists, it is most often on the bottom, but for others, it is on the top. you either love it or hate it. i decided to read it because it was on the huffington post's '30 books to read before you are 30.' it revolves around anne elliot, a young woman who come from a fairly well off family who is quite vain and materialistic. she struggles with her feelings and the confrontation of her blast from the past returning as an acquaintance in her life.
one day, i went to seal beach for the day and read. it was wonderful.
i was rather blah about it. it is a good story with some good topics discussed, but rather slow and dull. it would make much better a short story, because man it dragged, but i enjoyed the movie from 2007. frederick i thought was perfectly cast and even though it did not strictly follow the book, it was a lovely interpretation. some of the good parts:
- discussion of class: not really a spoiler, but class can change everything. frederick was first seen as unfit for anne because he did not come from money, but a few years later he is more financially viable and now seen as a good partner.
- social mobility: the book criticizes society's view on being born on top vs. working your way to the top.
- that love letter tho: it makes you feel all mushy inside.
- feminism: as with all jane austen novels, the sense of awareness elliot has of the limited role society allows women in.
now for some quotes:
"men have had every advantage of us in telling their own story. education has been their in so much a higher a degree; the pen has been in their hands. i will not allow book to prove anything."
and now because i cannot not ignore the love letter i shall type it out. it is more romantic i think than anything said in pride and prejudice. prepare to swoon,
"i can listen no longer in silence. i must speak to you by such means as are within my reach. you pierce my soul. i am half agony, half hope. tell me not that i am too late, that such precious feelings are gone for ever. i offer myself to you again with a heart even more your own than when you almost broke it, eight years and a half ago. dare not say that man forgets sooner than woman, that his love has an earlier death. i have not loved none but you. unjust i may have been, weak and resentful i have been, but never inconstant. you alone have brought me to bath. for you alone, i think and plan. have you not seen this? can you fail to have understood my wishes? i have not waited even these ten days, could i have read your feelings, as i think you must have penetrated mine. i can hardly write. i am every instant hearing something which overpowers me. you sink you voice, but i can distinguish the tones of that voice when they would be lost on other, too good, too excellent creature! you do us justice, indeed. you do believe that there is true attachment and constancy among men. believe it to be most fervent, most undeviating.
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now for a song. because it is relevant, i chose a song from joe wright's movie pride & prejudice. even though my all time favorite movie (and book) is the outsiders, pride & prejudice has a special place in my heart that i may one time tell in a different post. i watched the movie in either the summer of 8th or 9th grade with my sister. i had never before responded so emotionally to the aesthetics or director's decisions (if that is the right word) for a movie. from the colors, lighting, camera angles, and music. it changed the way i look at movies and will always be in my top 5 movies. also, i had never enjoyed an instrumental song so much as this one.
also i think i may do a separate post on visual interpretations on pride and prejudice, i watched quite a few and enjoyed most a lot. anyhoo, here is 'dawn,' composed by dario marianelli and performed by jean-yves thidaudet. enjoy!