Sunday, January 13, 2008

Glorying in the Sea

We got home tonight in
time to watch Persuasion on
Masterpiece Theater. No commercials.
WOW....Emma thought her father was
unlike Elizabeth's or Emma's! I thought
about a 10 year old talking about Jane
Austen's world like that. We both
commented that her sister , Mrs. Musgrove,
was like Miss Bates in Emma. Here's
my favorite line from the book:

"Anne and Henrietta, finding themselves the earliest of the party the next morning, agreed to stroll down to the sea before breakfast. They went to the sands, to watch the flowing of the tide, which a fine south-easterly breeze was bringing in with all the grandeur which so flat a shore admitted. They praised the morning; gloried in the sea; sympathized in the delight of the fresh-feeling breeze--and were silent;"

Persuasion, volume 1, chapter 12

From Homes of Jane Austen:

We found the little parlour on the right-hand side of the entrance door gay with country flowers in honour of the day. There in that room were written "Mansfield Park," "Emma," and "Persuasion," so that we, her grateful readers from far and near, were standing on the very spot where Jane sat at her little mahogany desk and brought into being the gentle Fanny Price, the spirited Emma, and the sweet Anne Elliot. The speeches were from the heart, and warm in [Page vii] appreciation of one who had bestowed upon us a "perennial joy."


walking said...

I am so looking forward to Sunday nights for the next two months . . .

Nan said...

We are recording them, but haven't watched the first one yet. What a great idea for Masterpiece Theatre to do!