Saturday, January 3, 2009

Extensive Reading


"...No one can be really esteemed accomplished who does not greatly surpass what is usually met with. A woman must have a thorough knowledge of music, singing, drawing, dancing, and the modern languages, to deserve the word; and besides all this, she must possess a certain something in her air and manner of walking, the tone of her voice, her address and expressions, or the word will be but half deserved."

"All this she must possess," added Darcy, "and to all this she must yet add something more substantial, in the improvement of her mind by extensive reading." - Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice

Yes, I know the photo is from S&S 08 and the quote is from P&P but doesn't Elinor have a chance at being an thought an accomplished lady? Perhaps minus the modern languages...

Elinor certainly is elegant even at her young age of nineteen. And there's a great deal to be said about good old-fashioned common sense. I dearly love Elinor, but perhaps it's because I'm rather like her. :)

Tomorrow I'll start screencaps from Emma Thompson's S&S. Just another beautiful Jane Austen adaptation.


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