Monday, November 19, 2012

Pride and Prejudice: 44% Complete

The weather here in Seattle has gotten nasty, and with a long, Thanksgiving weekend coming up, I'm expecting to get this book finished before the weekend.  I still haven't decided what to read next; I might dive into the five-volume Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D.  But we'll see. Of course Pride and Prejudice is still absolutely lovely.
The vocabulary word I have for you today is "ablution" which "is the act of washing oneself"(definition from The New Oxford American Dictionary), which you could easily do just by venturing outside here in Seattle!
The quote for today is one which I don't remember from the movie but which I especially liked. Just as a side note, so far the 1995 BBC miniseries of this book has been remarkably accurate and complete with regards to the story; virtually every scene from the book is in the film, often word-for-word the same.  In this quote, Lizzy has just been invited by her aunt and uncle to go on a summer tour with them to the Lake Country.  She responds as follows,
"Oh, my dear, dear aunt," she rapturously cried, "what delight! what felicity! You give me fresh life and vigour. Adieu to disappointment and spleen. What are young men to rocks and mountains? Oh! what hours of transport we shall spend! And when we do return, it shall not be like other travellers, without being able to give one accurate idea of anything.  We will know where we have gone--we will recollect what we have seen.  Lakes, mountains, and rivers shall not be jumbled together in our imaginations; nor when we attempt to describe any particular scene, will we begin quarreling about its relative situation.  Let our first effusions be less insupportable than those of the generality of travellers."
Some of those phenomena she describes with regards to travelers returning from vacation are very familiar to me! 

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