Sunday, December 11, 2005

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.

This post will get me in trouble. :)

So I said here that five fictional characters I would date are:

1. Honda Tohru
2. Miyazawa Yukino
3. Lacus Clyne
4. Kamiya Kaoru
5. Nanasawa Kimiko

Currently, I am reading Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen. And I have fallen for Elizabeth Bennet. Sharp and able to sustain an interesting conversation, I wonder why most of the members of the female population I have met are more like one of her sisters, her mother, or perish the thought, Miss Bingley or Mrs. Hurst. Miss Bingley and Mrs. Hurst are the only ones I would have difficulty staying my annoyance. As for the Bennet family, I would be perfectly fine interacting with them, but it would not be extremely exciting.

This does not mean that those members of the Bennet family would bore me to death; I'm sure things would be just peachy. But they would not be fulfilling, for lack of a better word? After all, there is only so much I can take of women talking about husband window-shopping, how accomplished they all are, false masks of sincerity that are taken off only when it is safe to have rampant gossip discussed, and trivial matters of society for the sake of impressing others and upholding an "image" of some sort.

But Elizabeth! No attempt of trying to hide her true thoughts, always willing to speak her mind, and every single dialogue is filled with biting satire, keen observation, shrewd questions, and stirring insight! It seems like a gem of a quote comes out of her mouth in almost every conversation. Some examples I've really liked:

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'And so ended his affection,' said Elizabeth impatiently. 'There has been many a one, I fancy, overcome in the same way. I wonder who first discovered the efficacy of poetry in driving away love!'

'I have been used to consider poetry as the food of love,' said Darcy.

'Of a fine, stout, healthy love it may. Every thing nourishes what is strong already. But if it be only a slight, thin sort of inclination, I am convinced that one good sonnet will starve it entirely away.'

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'That is a failing indeed!'-- cried Elizabeth. 'Implacable resentment is a shade of character. But you have chosen your fault well.-- I cannot laugh at it. You are safe from me.'

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'Both,' replied Elizabeth archly; 'for I have always seen a great similarity in the turn of our minds.-- We are each of an unsocial, taciturn disposition, unwilling to speak, unless we expect to say something that will amaze the whole room, and be handed down to posterity with all the eclat of a proverb.'

I wonder what it would be like to have a conversation with Elizabeth Bennet. Or even better, with Jane Austen! :)

4 comments:

  1. What a coincidence Bobby! Alice and I are both reading the same book! hahaha...

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  2. somehow, I am of the impression that you and Elizabeth (based on what you've described about her in this post) would definitely have a rather interesting exchange of sorts..

    So, up for the movie? :D

    -Amcal

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  3. The fact that I recognize two out of five of your "fictional dates"... Does that mean that I'm a wannabee anime otaku? Or that I *am* an anime fan? Or does it signify that I'm just a pretender who only watch popular things without touching the real good, serious stuff? :)

    I had a high school literary teacher who despised Jane Austen ("Bronte Wannabee who never quite made it") though for all I know, maybe he said those things just to tease all the girls who *loved* all her books. I don't think Jane Austen every got married, so it actually would be interesting to see how she really felt about all this stuff...

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  4. Well, first of all, it does have a satirical air about it. So I would not be surprised if she despised it all, and I would even accept the possibility that her dislike caused her unwillingness to marry. This is theory, mind you.

    However, it is true that she "never made it". I read in the foreward that her books received only a quick success, and then died off after her death. It was only many years later that they were popular again.

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