June 16, 2005

Such a pity....

Poor males....how I pity thee! How can you live up to the words of Jane Austen??

Today I was reading Persuasion on-line ( I LOVE electronic books!!!) and, well, I HAD to giggle to myself...man, that Jane, she really knew how to put chills down the spine of her girlish readers!

I give you "The Letter"-
for the girls I say, "isnt it just beautifully cheesy?"
for the boys I say, " go out and read some Austen...you might think its below you-but you'll learn a thing or two."

"Dear Miss A.E.
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 must go, uncertain of my fate; but I shall return hither,
or follow your party, as soon as possible. A word, a look,
will be enough to decide whether I enter your father's house
this evening or never.
F.W. "

You gotta admit that is some DRAMATIC EMOTIONALIST writing if ever you read it! This particular paragraph is one of my secret indulgences of literature....Its embarrasing but true. ;-)

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