Tuesday, June 2, 2009
A Tip of the Hat to the Jolly Old England of Yesteryear
Do you love my title? I have been languishing in the world of the 19th century England of Charlotte Bronte and Jane Austen of late. I close my eyes and imagine myself amongst the elegant high-waisted gowns, satin gloves, carriages, tea times, and English gardens. I am in the midst of reading Vilette, by Charlotte Bronte. How can it be that it has taken me so long to discover this treasure? It started out a bit dry, but I am now totally enthralled. Any excuse to use words like, "languid, endeavoring, fastidious, and hitherto" or phrases like, "where Hope flew before him fast, never alighting so near, or lingering so long, as to give his hand a chance of one realizing grasp." Of course, there's unrequited love and a ghostly nun. I loved Jane Eyre. This novel may be just as good, if not better.
My Dear Friend, Jordyn lent me her copy of Emma (the fabulous adaptation with Gwenyth Paltrow). I watched it last night and had to rewind and watch a few scenes again. The beauty of some of the lines gave me goosebumps and whispered of Truth and Joy. (Don't you just love to capitalize Important Words?) Here are my favorite little gems from the aforesaid movie:
After professing his love and Emma expressing her doubt in her own worthiness, Mr. Knightly says: "Maybe it is our imperfections that make us so perfect for one another." So, so true.
In conversation with her friend Harriet Smith, Emma states: "I hope you know that I only wanted your happiness. Now that you have found it, it makes my own complete." Isn't that perfection?
I am chagrinned to admit that I have not actually read Emma. It is on my list. I just loved the movie so much, I never bothered to read the "real story".
Then, I serendipitously found this post from Conversations With a Cupcake today, replete with Austen and Bronte quotes, and have decided I must try this out. Anyone up for a good girl's night out with some English desserts and a great sappy Austen flick? Jolly good fun. Cheers.