“​Life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity or registering wrongs. We are, and must be, one and all, burdened with faults in this world: but the time will soon come when, I trust, we shall put them off…”

-Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre
That Burns is certainly one smart cookie! A fictional child is teaching me good lessons about life and letting go πŸ˜‰ I haven’t been able to reach much this week so I’m still in the beginning chapters of Jane Eyre but I am enjoying it! Reading about a 19th century girls’ school certainly makes me grateful to live in this time period!
The gothic vibes are strong in this one and I think this Folio Society illustration by Santiago Caruso perfectly captures the mood and theme.

“Jo’s ambition was to do something very splendid; what it was she had no idea, but left it for time to tell her; and meanwhile, found her greatest affliction in the fact that she couldn’t read, run, and ride as much as she liked” (Little Women, 58).

When we read books, most of us tend to associate ourselves with one of the main characters. It’s just human nature to look for similar qualities in characters we like. When I was younger, I always related most to Jo in Little Women. I hadn’t read Little Women in a long time so I was curious if she would still be my main girl. Well, based off this quote, I’m gonna say yes. I think it’s safe to say a lot of young women want to do something splendid in their lifetime and it’s heartening when there are fictional characters to relate to in regards to that.  It’s also heartening to know that Louisa May Alcott based Jo on herself and Ms. Alcott ended up as one of America’s most beloved authors ❀

*Artwork by Norman Rockwell!

What a perfect rainy day collection! πŸŒ§β˜”πŸŒ« I’m so excited to be adding more Clothbound Classics to my book collection! I’d say these covers appropriately represent the brooding hauntedness of the Bronte Sisters 😱 And even though I classify them as “Autumn Reads,” I’m gonna go ahead and read them in the spring (that’s true rebellion right there).

“It is not time or opportunity that is to determine intimacy;β€”it is disposition alone. Seven years would be insufficient to make some people acquainted with each other, and seven days are more than enough for others.”
-Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility

Am I the only one who thinks cutting and keeping a lock of someone’s hair is a weird way to express love and devotion? Thank goodness I don’t live in the 19th century cause I couldn’t deal with that…

I’m about a quarter of the way through Sense and Sensibility and I’m surprised at which character is currently my favorite. I thought I’d like the calm and rational Elinor, but I rather like Marianne! Of course, there are plenty of pages to change my mind but so far all my favorite quotes and thoughts have come from the romanticly inclined Marianne. She’s young and certainly brash but I like her poetic musings and how she turns to her instinct (as displayed in the quote above). I do like Elinor as well and she’s certainly crucial to Marianne’s balance! Does anyone else a have a favorite sister??

*Illustration by Ann Kronheimer

 

Ugh, I am quite unsure of my feelings regarding Mansfield Park. For the most part, I really enjoyed it. It lacked Austen’s usual wit and satire surrounding certain stereotypes, but I actually enjoyed the tamer depiction of life and people during that time period. I also really liked Fanny, but majorly disagree with her eventual fate. Edmund IS NOT the type of Austen gentleman I wanted Fanny to end up with. He’s selfish and only learns to appreciate Fanny when his other love option turns out to be even more selfish than he is. Fanny’s one flaw is her blinding love for Edmund which, since it makes her happy, I guess can be forgiven. I enjoyed the other characters and Austen, as always, did a fabulous job of making me hate the appropriate villains. Overall, Mansfield Park is home to my favorite Austen heroine so far; despite the whole Edmund thing (ugh), Fanny is smart, sensible, observant, and loving. *Illustration by Philip Gough