Well, not exactly entirely armless Armas… I’m 3/4th done with the first sleeve, if you can see past that shaft of winter sunlight that wasn’t quite as blinding in person. Illuminates that yoke detail, though! The other sleeve is still absent, and the sweater looks rather lopsided without it. I’ve customized the sleeve decreases for him, and I need to make sure I properly note that before beginning the next.
No real reading this week, unless you count the Tintin anthologies the kids received for Christmas. Even Posey Pie sits and looks at the pictures for quite a time. We have almost all seven sets of books, with #3 still en route from somewhere.
Meanwhile, my parents gave me this wonderful mug for Christmas, covered in many quotes from Jane Austen’s books!
There’s just one problem… I feel like I should know where all quotes are from. I’ve been reading Austen since high school; my senior thesis for my BA was on Emma, Persuasion, and Pride & Prejudice… my devoted husband one year gave me every novel she wrote–in hardback, even the hilarious Juvenilia. Why don’t I know all the quotes?! So, while many other literature minded friends and ladies on FB and blogs are writing out lists of new books to read in 2016, I’m going to go through Austen and figure out the quotes I’m unsure about.
It’s just for my vanity, but also curiosity.
So, the quotes I know–and please correct me if I’m wrong:
“If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more.” George Knightley, Emma.
“In vain I have struggled.” Mr. Darcy, Pride and Prejudice.
“A man does not recover from such a devotion of the heart to such a woman. He ought not. He does not.” Frederick Wentworth, Persuasion (he writes a better letter than Mr. Darcy, by the way).
“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” Pride and Prejudice, opening lines.
“Till this moment I never knew myself.” Elizabeth Bennet, Pride and Prejudice. Also, “The more I see of the world, the more I am dissatisfied with it; and every day confirms my disbelief of the inconsistency of all human characters.”
“Let other pens dwell on guilt and misery” Mansfield Park
“Friendship is the certainly the finest balm for the pangs of disappointed love.” Northanger Abbey
Now, the quotes I’m unsure about:
“The very first moment I beheld him, my heart was irrevocably gone” That sounds like Isabella Thorpe in Northanger Abbey….
“One cannot have too large a party.” Mr. Elton? in Emma?
“A woman, especially if she has the misfortune of knowing anything, should conceal it as well as she can.” Again, I’m almost sure that’s Northanger Abbey.
“One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other.” That sounds like about three or four of the novels… but I want to say Persuasion
“It isn’t what we say or think that defines us, but what we do.” Ok, I look at that and think Batman Begins… which I only saw once. So where is it in Austen (mainly so I can tease my brother-in-law that the writers of the movie must have read Austen! ;))?!
One more quote that’s not on my mug but which I have recently seen: “I wish, as well as everybody else, to be perfectly happy; but, like everybody else, it must be in my own way.” The almighty Internet tells me that it belongs to Sense & Sensibility but I want to know for myself who says it, because to be honest, there’s a lot of characters in that book who don’t always have the nicest ways of getting their own happiness.