Jan 3, 2011
Jane Austen and the New Year!
by Emily May
What I'm reading: Jane Eyre
Listening to: Fat Freddy's Drop
Welcome to a brand new year everyone!
To start 2011 with a regency flavour, I'd like to share some quotations from the incomparable Jane Austen. Since this is a blog for people who love to read, I'll begin with Mr Tilney's views on reading -- or rather, his damning views on people who don't read!
be it gentleman or lady,
who has not pleasure in a good novel,
must be intolerably stupid."
None of us are intolerably stupid, right? If we were to meet Mr Tilney among the pages of Northanger Abbey, he would suitably impressed by our novel reading and pronounce us tolerably intelligent, wouldn't he? So, from one avid reader to another, let me wish you all many hours of joyful reading this year!
Secondly, here is a piece of Jane wisdom (said by Mrs Morland to her daughter Catherine, also in Northanger Abbey):
"You should never fret about trifles."
I'm a big trifle-fretter, but I'm going to do my best to follow this advice. Hopefully 2011 is the year I'll conquer this habit!
Another excellent observation of Jane's (via the eponymous Emma of Emma) is this:
"Silly things do cease to be silly
if they are done by sensible people
in an impudent way."
I love this quote -- it's definitely an invitation to us all to do silly things!
My favourite Jane Austen quote, however, is this one from Sense and Sensibility (as uttered by Edward Ferrars):
"I wish as well as every body else
to be perfectly happy;
but like every body else
it must be in my own way."
Very, very true. We each need to find our own happiness in our own, unique way. If we haven't already found it, may 2011 be the year that we do!
I'd like to finish with some excellent advice from Jane:
"Run mad as often as you choose, but do not faint!"
And to illustrate the excellence of that advice, here's Mr Darcy in his wet shirt after doing a little running mad (or rather, swimming mad)...
Happy 2011 everyone -- may it be a fabulous year for us all, full of reading, and no trifle-fretting, and lots of silliness, and finding our own happiness, and running mad -- but not fainting!
If you have any favourite Jane quotes, please feel free to share them!