Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Dictation Lesson: North and South, Elizabeth Gaskell

Emma just finished this book
after the wonderful Masterpiece
Theater show last Spring. She
said to me, "You must read it."
She wouldn't tell me the book's
ending ( they do get married)
as it is a bit different from the way
the movie did it? She said YOU
have to read it!

Here was her dictation today:

Chapter 19

Angel Visits

"As angels in some brighter dreams
Call to the soul when man doth sleep,
So some strange thoughts transcend our wonted themes,
And into glory peep."
— Henry Vaughan —

Mrs. Hale was curiously amused and interested by the idea of the Thornton dinner party. She kept wondering about the details, with something of the simplicity of a little child, who wants to have all its anticipated pleasures described beforehand. But the monotonous life led by invalids often makes them like children, inasmuch as they have neither of them any sense of proportion in events, and seem each to believe that the walls and curtains which shut in their world, and shut out everything else, must of necessity be larger than anything hidden beyond. Besides, Mrs. Hale had had her vanities as a girl; had perhaps unduly felt their mortification when she became a poor clergyman's wife; — they had been smothered and kept down; but they were not extinct; and she liked to think of seeing Margaret dressed for a party, and discussed what she should wear, with an unsettled anxiety that amused Margaret, who had been more accustomed to society in her one year in Harley Street than her mother in five and twenty years of Helstone.

3 comments:

bwilliams said...

Beautifully written, Emma.

Nancy said...

That's it, we are just going to have to read this Mrs. Gaskell!

melissa said...

Haven't read it, but have watched part of it on YouTube. Good going, Emma. Encourage us in the good stuff. :)

Now, must read it!