'How pleasant it is to spend an evening in this way! I declare that after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! — When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.' No one made any reply. She then yawned again, threw aside her book, and cast her eyes round the room in quest of some amusement. — from Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen (1775-1817)
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January 13, 2012

Team Middlemarch {finally!}






... she was enamoured of intensity and greatness, and rash in embracing whatever seemed to her to have those aspects; likely to seek martyrdom, to make retractions, and then to incur martyrdom after all in a quarter where she had not sought it. Certainly such elements in the character of a marriageable girl tended to interfere with her lot, and hinder it from being decided according to custom, by good looks, vanity, and merely canine affection.
Finally, finally starting Middlemarch.  Though they've only just met, in the chapter I just read, I remember enough from the Masterpiece Theatre presentation {from 1994, apparently} and from the biography I read recently to know that Dorothea Brooke and the Rev. Edward Causabon will make an unfortunate marriage.  But if the passages introducing Miss Brooke, and Mr. Causabon's first words, are anything to go by, I think reading about them will be very enjoyable. :)

'No,' said Mr. Causabon, not keeping pace with Mr. Brooke's impetuous reason, and thinking of the book only. 'I have little leisure for such literature just now. I have been using up my eyesight on old characters lately; the fact is, I want a reader for my evenings; but I am fastidious in voices, and I cannot endure listening to an imperfect reader. It is a misfortune, in some senses; I feed too much on the inward sources; I live too much with the dead. My mind is something like the ghost of an ancient, wandering about the world and trying mentally to construct it as is used to be, in spite of ruin and confusing changes. But I find it necessary to use the utmost caution about my eyesight.'
I'm reading a Modern Library hardcover, that I must have bought soon after the Masterpiece presentation but never read, but I can't help thinking that Mr. C. would have been into audiobooks ... He would have had an Audible account and been the bane of their existence.

{I'm reading Middlemarch with Dovegrey Reader as part of Team Middlemarch.}


3 comments:

Lisa May said...

I'm looking forward to your comments! I bogged down in Middlemarch last year & haven't gotten back to it.

Jillian said...

I'm currently reading this as well. I adore it so far!

Cozy in Texas said...

I tend to rely on PBS, but feel I'm missing out by not reading the books. I'll add this to my TBR pile.
Ann

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