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So I finished reading Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen. I liked it very much but I like Sense and Sensibility better. I was happy that Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy got together in the end, and very happy that Jane and Mr. Bingley got together. I loved Jane – she was my favorite character. I admired her sweet nature and her refusal to think ill of anyone and to always give people the benefit of the doubt.

I think one of the reasons I liked this book less than Sense and Sensibility is that there are so many unlikable characters. Mrs. Bennet immediately comes to mind in that regard, and then there are Miss Bingley, Lady Catherine de Bourgh, and Mr. Collins. And probably some others I’m forgetting.

Mrs. Bennet’s all-consuming concern in marrying her daughters, and her resulting inappropriate and ill-mannered behavior were the reasons she was unlikable to me. I did eventually have a revelation that, while not making Mrs. Bennett more likable, made her actions more understandable. Hers was a family composed of five daughters. In those old-fashioned days, women truly needed to be married. They generally couldn’t work, and so needed a husband to support them. Naturally she wouldn’t want them to marry just anyone, hence her concern to have them marry well. Plus it was a feather in her own cap.

I started reading another book, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, by Harriet Ann Jacobs. It is the true life story of a woman who was born a slave in the South. I hesitated to read it, because I knew it would be very sad and depressing. And it is. But it is also profound, beautifully written, compelling, and full of insight into slavery and human nature. Miss Jacobs is very intelligent, and an excellent writer.

It is difficult to believe, in this day and age, that there was a time when people thought that it was not only ok, but the natural order of things and G-d’s will that other human beings could be one’s property, to do with as one pleased. It’s inconceivable to me, and is a reminder that horrible things still go on in this world, even though we ought to know better.

The torturous things that were done to the slaves – to those poor human beings – is unimaginable. The utter hypocrisy of the white people who supported this “institution” is amazing; they called themselves Christians and yet had no love in them. And all the laws they had to create to protect themselves from recognizing the evil they were perpetrating should have been a clear sign that something was terribly wrong.

Thankfully Miss Jacobs eventually gained her freedom.

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I finished reading Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen. I loved it.

I thought the ending sentence was a bit odd though…”Between Barton and Delaford, there was that constant communication which strong family affection would naturally dictate; and among the merits and the happiness of Elinor and Marianne, let it not be ranked as the least considerable, that though sisters, they could live without disagreement between themselves, or producing coolness between their husbands.”

So the two sisters got along, not that there was any question in my mind that they ever wouldn’t. And their husbands got along too. And everyone lived happily ever after!

To me, “sense” represents common sense, and “sensibility” represents the expectations of society and culture, and perhaps emotions as well. Or maybe emotions are part of “sense”. I’m not sure. I don’t have time to look into it right now either. Anyone out there have any thoughts on the subject? I would love to hear them!

I adore Miss Austen’s sense of humor – she can be quite hilarious. I very much enjoyed whenever she wrote about Mrs. Ferrars…”Though it is not to be supposed that Mrs. Ferrars can have the smallest satisfaction in knowing that her son has money enough to live upon…” Miss Austen has a very good understanding of the motives behind human actions.

I was so happy that Elinor and Edward finally got together. I just love Elinor! I think she is wonderful, and would like to be more like her myself.

I liked Marianne as well – her impetuousness, her emotional honesty – she was quite the drama queen! But she was also fun, and felt things deeply. And had no problem letting everyone around her know!

Now I’m reading Pride and Prejudice . I’m enjoying it, but not as much as Sense and Sensibility. There are a lot of unlikable characters (Miss Bing, Mrs. Hurst, Lady Catherine, Mrs. Bennett, who might be the most unlikable – wait a minute – why are these all women?) and I’m not really sure where the story is going. I like Elizabeth but she’s a bit of a weird one too. I like Jane very much, and Mary too although she is a minor character.

I can’t believe I’m doing this again
Here is a picture of Lily on her first day of school on Tuesday. It’s going well so far. I’m drowning in the usual first-week-of-school paperwork. Lily is happy and enthusiastic about school and getting to ride a bus.

ready for education

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Look what I got…

by hand

My article is on page 14. It’s funny though – I don’t want to read it. I’m afraid I’ll find a mistake I made! It’s weird for something I wrote to be in a magazine. Weird, but very nice!

hot pink leather.
About a month ago I bought a cover for my Kindle. I had drifted off from reading (again) – I read at night before bed and the booklight I had was terrible. But everything is fine now that I have my hot pink leather Kindle cover wih built-in light!

kindle cover

It was a bit pricey but well worth it. And really not that much more than buying a cover and light separately.

So I’ve been very happily reading Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen. It’s so good! I’m getting near the end and I can’t wait to see how everything turns out. I just adore Elinor – her composure, her sense of propriety, her kindness and thoughtfulness, her self-control – I want to be like her!

I love the subtlety of Miss Austen’s writing, and her pointed sense of humor. I bought the digital edition of her complete works and it only cost $2. I’m very happy to have all of Miss Austen’s writings for such a small amount, but at the same time I feel slightly guilty – her whole life’s work, for only $2? Hopefully my enjoyment of and appreciation for her wonderful writings makes up for the small amount I paid for them.

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