Psalm 45:10-11, 13-15

Listen to me, O royal daughter; take heart to what I say. Forget your people and your homeland far away. For your royal husband delights in your beauty; honor him, for he is your lord. [...] The bride, a princess, waits within her chambers, dressed in a gown woven with gold. In her beautiful robes, she is led to the king, accompanied by her bridesmaids. What a joyful, enthusiastic procession as they enter the king's palace!

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Northanger Abbey

Tonight, only 10 minutes from now, Jane Austen continues. The film tonight is Northanger Abbey. This was the second (or maybe third) Austen novel I read, with Mansfield Park being the first. One of the things I love about Austen is just how smart her novels are. So many people think she just writes beautiful love stories, but she makes such a commentary on society of her time. Gothic novels. Northanger Abbey is argued by some to be one of Austen's most clever novels making fun of the gothic novel of her time while having it be a compelling story within the parody.

"Northanger Abbey is fundamentally a parody of Gothic fiction. Austen turns the conventions of eighteenth-century novels on their head, by making her heroine a plain and undistinguished girl from a middle-class family, allowing the heroine to fall in love with the hero before he has a serious thought of her, and exposing the heroine's romantic fears and curiosities as groundless." (from Wikipedia, Northanger Abbey)

I'm intrigued to see it.

How goes my Persuasion reading? The better part of my reading happened in the beginning of the week. I'm in volume 2, chapter 5. Seven more chapters to go!

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