Jane Austen Quote

Poor Mrs. Bennett

I had saved a scrap with this quote from Mrs. Bennett and since I want to throw it away now (as I clean up my desk), I'll post it here in case I want to find it again.

"People who suffer as I do from nervous complains can have no great inclination for talking.  Nobody can tell what I suffer!--But it is always so.  Those who do not complain are never pitied."

This is classic and hilarious...for its total inaccuracy and its tone of total conviction!
You Pierce My Soul

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Anyone still out there?  =)  Well, I bet we're all in the same boat here...really wishing we had time to sit around reading Austen books, then more time to run in to the computer and post gems for discussion.  Oh well.  I haven't given up on the possibility of doing it once or twice a year...someday!

I'm posting today to share an icon with you, which I think I created about the same time as my last post...after we all agreed on the wonderfulness of Wentworth's letter to Anne.  After fussing with this for hours I still wasn't totally happy so I never took the final step of uploading it. I loved my idea, but I was limited by LJ's size requirements and had to keep cutting the quality of the screencaps, I used a very primitive free program to create the GIF, I was teaching myself everything as I went, etc. 

But today I saw a similar un-animated icon, so I went to look at mine again, thought, "Hey, it's not half bad..." and I've finally uploaded it now for your viewing pleasure.  Feel free to borrow it with credit if you like it.

If you find it a bit dark, I'd like to know...but I don't think I'll take time to fix it right now.  I suppose it's just the setting of my monitor but I don't think I would have left the photos so dark if they looked that way originally.
General Incivility

You pierce my soul

First I must apologize for my shameful neglect of this hopeful little community.  I started it when I had more time...then something happened!  A whole lot of somethings, actually.  But I won't get stressed over it.  I'm sure that all of you know exactly how that happens...especially if you are all women.  :)

But I find myself compelled to post today because Frederick Wentworth's beautiful words have been swirling in my head for days.  I don't know exactly why, but circumstances keep reminding me of quotes in his letter, and I want to ask you all:  Have you ever read a more perfect love letter than this one?  I am open to that possibility, so do quote others if you feel this has an equal anywhere!

I love the whole letter, but I have highlighted the sentences that pierce my soul.  These words come to me again and again.  And I always wonder...how much of Jane's soul is in this letter?  I can never forget that all the words she puts into the mouths of her characters are her own.

Now, for your delight...intense love and longing scribbled on a scrap of paper...

I can listen no longer in silence. I must speak to you by such means as are within my reach. You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone for ever. I offer myself to you again with a heart even more your own than when you almost broke it, eight years and a half ago. Dare not say that man forgets sooner than woman, that his love has an earlier death. I have loved none but you. Unjust I may have been, weak and resentful I have been, but never inconstant. You alone have brought me to Bath. For you alone, I think and plan. Have you not seen this? Can you fail to have understood my wishes? I had not waited even these ten days, could I have read your feelings, as I think you must have penetrated mine. I can hardly write. I am every instant hearing something which overpowers me. You sink your voice, but I can distinguish the tones of that voice when they would be lost on others. Too good, too excellent creature! You do us justice, indeed. You do believe that there is true attachment and constancy among men. Believe it to be most fervent, most undeviating, in F. W.

I also find it striking that men and women in every age have found it hard to read each other at a certain stage in a relationship:  I had not waited even these ten days, could I have read your feelings, as I think you must have penetrated mine.  But Anne hadn't!  She was just as perplexed about Wentworth as he was about her.  But then, that's what makes love so interesting and exciting...mystery and uncertainty for a period of time, until the final moment of revelation...as in this letter.

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Yesterday, actually. I was at my high school, saying my last goodbyes--I leave for college on Monday--and I was talking with my favorite history teacher, whom I had for two straight years. I told him that I had already told my brother (a freshman) not to be afraid of him, and he protested, but I told him that there were 60 other freshmen to torment. His reply: there will always be people to make fun of, and quoted Aristotle. And I said (though I think I got the pronouns mixed up): "What do we live for but to make sport for our neighbors and laugh at them in our turn? It was great. I was very proud.

I like this community! Good idea. :)

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