It feels a bit disheartening not to be able to complete the fourth book in my attempt to read four of Austen’s fantastic novels this January. But what with tight writing schedules, other readings to get done, a bit of health issues too I’m happy to have experienced three delightful books by ‘The Lady’- Emma, Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice.
What I learn from Austen every time I read is the credibility of characters more than anything. The stories just seem like normal love stories but beneath them lies the world that I so take pleasure in knowing and understanding. I love the bows, the dinners, the manners, the ribbons, the dresses, the manners, not to mention the wonderful suitors. Though live back then is touted to have been boring by the children of technology of today’s world, in my view it is quite the contrary. With grand and elegant pianoforte’s to be mastered, room full of books by the masters of English Literature to be devoured, long and insightful letters to be written to the dear, courteous notes and calls to be given to neighbours, breathtaking parks and mansions to visit where was the time to be idle? Living like that has always been one of my many utopian dreams.
But Austen more than sufficiently provides for my fancies. Whatever views literary critics may take I for one will always admire the novels and turn to them for comfort and camaraderie.
Now I thought I might share some of my favourites out of her six popular novels.
Favourite Setting: Barton Park from Sense and Sensibility
Enjoyably Annoying character: Mrs. Jennings from Sense and Sensilibity
Favourite Non-heroine Sibling: Mary Bennet from Pride and Prejudice.
Favourite Notorious Character: Frank Churchill from Emma and Lydia from Pride and Prejudice
Favourite Stately character: Sir Thomas Bertram from Mansfield Park
The character(s) I laughed my off reading: Collins and Catherine De Bourgh from Pride and Prejudice
Favourite hero: Fitzwilliam Darcy( I know, very typical, but that’s that)
Favourite heroine: I just cannot zero in on one. It would be pointless to cherry pick for the Austen fan that I am.
Favourite lucky character(s): Fanny Price from Mansfield Park and Wickam from Pride and Prejudice.
Favourite Parent/ Parents: The Morlands and Mr. Woodhouse
Favourite Saint: Anne Elliot from Persuasion
Favourite kids: The Musgroves pack from Persuasion
And the list is endless I think, so it would be best if I just let it be.
And now it feels like I have come to the end of something so enjoyable and invigorating. Nonetheless, I will continue to read them in the future. And it was a bang-up start for the year and thanks to all of you who joined in to make it an even more pleasant experience.