The Three Ws are:
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?
Currently Reading: Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen and The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende
Recently Finished Reading: A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman (review to come) and Cymbeline by William Shakespeare
Reading Next: Everything that Remains by Joshua Fields Millburn and The Two Noble Kinsmen by William Shakespeare
What is your WWW Wednesday?
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“I’m twenty-seven years old, I’ve no money and no prospects. I’m already a burden to my parents and I’m frightened”
Remember this scene in Pride and Prejudice? Back in the Regency era, yes it was common for women to be married fairly young to keep house and raise a large family. However, the closer I get to the age of 27 (like Charlotte), the more I wonder if this is the new norm. When I was little, I imagined getting engaged my junior year of college and getting married a year after graduation – having our first child before I hit 30. Whelp, clearly that has not happened, and I am glad in a way. Seeing how much I have changed in the past few years from college to a couple years out of graduate school, I don’t think I would have been mature enough if I followed my original plan. Additionally, I have had some amazing experiences that I am not sure would’ve happened or may have looked differently if I had a family. Talking with my mom the other day, she felt envious of me and my siblings (not in a bad way) and how we have taken our time and traveled and pursued post-graduate experiences where she was married at a young age. I don’t know (or believe) that Charlotte intended to wait to find a suitable partner, but I can only imagine that after waiting, she can bring different characteristics and energy to her marriage with Mr. Collins than if she were younger.
On a different angle, Charlotte is the best-friend character to Lizzy Bennet. This relationship reminds of Iris in The Holiday when she’s explaining her love life.
Arthur: Iris, in the movies we have leading ladies and we have the best friend. You, I can tell, are a leading lady, but for some reason you are behaving like the best friend.
Iris: You’re so right. You’re supposed to be the leading lady of your own life, for god’s sake!
Some may think that Charlotte is settling, and I think that she is doing what she needs for her (and her parents’) peace of mind – I don’t consider it selfish. She has, in some way, gained her independence and created her own story – she is proud. More often than not, I feel that as we get older, we start thinking of life a little differently. I question the comical deals I made with a few of my close guy friends that if neither of us were married by a certain age, we’d marry each other. What does that say?
So life has been quite chaotic lately, with back to school goings on as well as last minute vacations whilst the summer season is winding down. I have been immersed quite a bit in Downton Abbey and longing for the time I am able to visit London once again. Just like in oh so many novels I have read, I feel a connection between the characters and a part of their lives. I am finishing up the latest season until the final season premieres in January – with any luck I’ll finish within this week and be back to reading in no time. Having that hiatus from reading has grown my longing for the enjoyment of imagining the characters in my mind instead of what the screenplay writers create for us in a visual. With the season changing to a crisp fall, I am looking forward to one of my favorite times of year – pumpkin spice latte season which has been rumored to be released on August 25th (expect a post from me around that time 😉 )
While I await that day, I’d love to introduce to you all the newest member of my little family. Please welcome, Lizzy.
Lizzy was found by one of my colleagues in their garage! She is a sweet little kitten who quickly won me over. I was not looking to adopt at the time being, but I saw an opportunity to provide a good home and I couldn’t resist. Having been a full year since I’ve moved to the MidWest, timing I gather worked out that it was time for a change and more responsibility. Now, let me say that Lizzy is the first living thing I have taken care of ever! Besides looking after my niece and nephew once in awhile, Lizzy is the first I’ve been committed to. You should’ve seen me driving her back to my house for the first time – I was a nervous wreck. It made me imagine what it will be like when I drive my future children home for the first time – wanting to be gentle and take every precaution possible because there is precious cargo in the back seat.
So far, so good with Lizzy. As an aside, being the Incessant Bookworm than I am, of course I had to assign a literary name to my new feline friend. Of course Lizzy Bennet popped into my mind – having an independence yet family-oriented personality. Also, I wanted to utilize that name in some way 🙂 Fingers crossed that we will be good for each other! She’s been a hit with some friends who have stopped by already, supporting her friendly demeanor.
Any advice for adopting a kitten?