Jan. 15th, 2009

So true, Marianne. So very, very true.

"Perhaps," said Elinor, "thirty-five and seventeen had better not have any thing to do with matrimony together. But if there should by any chance happen to be a woman who is single at seven and twenty, I should not think Colonel Brandon's being thirty-give any objection to his marrying HER."

"A woman of seven and twenty," said Marianne, after pausing a moment, "can never hope to feel or inspire affection again, and if her home be uncomfortable, or her fortune small, I can suppose that she might bring herself to submit to the offices of a nurse, for the sake of the provision and security of a wife. In his marrying such a woman therefore there would be nothing unsuitable. It would be a compact of convenience, and the world would be satisfied. In my eyes it would be no marriage at all, but that would be nothing. To me it would seem only a commercial exchange, in which each wished to be benefited at the expense of the other."

Jan. 11th, 2009

Mansfield Park meta

Though I'm only up to Henry attempting to convince Fanny to marry him, I... am getting such a different feeling from the book than any film production. (Yes, I know, seeing the movie before reading the book. >.>) Edmund/Fanny actually strikes me as sort of an unhealthy relationship, with her not only depending on him for her happiness, but the things about him forming her mind and thoughts, and essentially telling her how she feels, it seems sort of... co-dependant.

And honestly, if it wasn't for her obsession/love for Edmund, I think Henry/Fanny would be kind of cute. She'd be a good influence on him. He talks to Mary about her morality being so admirable, and it feels as though from the narrative that if he had that good example he could actually learn to subtly change his behaviour for the better. And he seems intense enough that he actually would do his best to make her happy.

*goes to read the rest and probably be proven wrong now that she's said things publically*

Oct. 10th, 2008


So my 19th century newsmagazines came today (and the mailman BENT THEM IN HALF to shove them in the mailbox *froth*) and I'm reading the back page of one of them which is "Random Readings".

"Well," said the Bishop, "when I arrived in New Zealand, that chief came to me and said he wished to be baptized. I knew he had two wives, so I told him he must first persuade one of them to return to her family. He said he feared it would be difficult, but he would see what could be done. In two months he returned. 'Now, missionary,' he exclaimed, 'you may baptize me, for I only have one wife!' 'And what have you done with our dear sister, your other wife?' I asked. He smacked his lips, 'I have eaten her!' said he."

Totally, totally untrue, but hilarious. XD
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Oct. 9th, 2008


The bindery says they can do my 1909 edition Villette in return for CAKE.

So on Saturday I will be baking cake.

I am pleased. *points at mood* See? Pleased.
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Oct. 4th, 2008


I wish I could justify buying this. A 1903 "Clara in Blunderland" parody of the politics of the Boer War. The starting bid is $40, which is less than I've spent on some books (>.>) but I should be calming down my mad purchasing of old shit.

I am, however, more tempted by these 1897 issues of the Friends' Intelligencer and Journal, a Quaker journal from Philadelphia.

Current Events - covering news such as:
- Most disastrous Mississippi Floods ever recorded
- Preparations by Turks Against Greece
- Treaty with England ratified by Venezuela
- Tests of Milk
- First Woman Rabbi in a Jewish Synagogue
- Carnegie Steel to build the first steel fire-proof building in Japan
- Serious failure of crops in Ireland may lead to famine
- Yellow fever in New Orleans

And an actual English one from 1896, "A Domestic Magazine of Useful Information & Amusement", as well as this one from 1886 aimed at young unmarried women of the respectable middle class.

I should have a look at the damage of the books I got from great grandma's place before it got sold up, a couple of them are around turn of the century too.

ETA: Condition of books )

Oct. 2nd, 2008


Today I received Advice from the Attic: Perilous Pearls of Wisdom on Beauty, Charm and Etiquette. Already I have learned that it is poor manners to bring a lizard to the theatre!

I've also found that I am absolutely fascinated by these books. If we'd covered anything like this in history sections in Social Studies I would have been more interested in history, I suspect. This book has a slightly later time period than I'm mostly interested in - it has some from the late nineteenth century, a little from earlier, and a fair amount from the first half of the twentieth, but it's still brilliant.
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