Day 19: START A JANE AUSTEN NOVEL
I consider myself a pretty well-educated woman. And I have no idea how I have gotten this far in life without ever having read a Jane Austen book.
I got myself to the library the other day and checked out “Pride and Prejudice.” I chose this particular book because of a magazine article I recently read that made reference to what a wonderful man “Mr. Darcy” is. Sadly, the image that came to my mind was Mark Darcy, the love interest in “Bridget Jones’ Diary.” (Even though this is one of my favorite books, I don’t think it will ever be assigned to AP English classes.) I don’t like that I’ve never been introduced to such a well known literary character that is commonly referenced in modern magazines. Time to find out what the fuss over Mr. Darcy is all about!
I didn’t get very far in the book, but I did start it. And I now know why I’ve never read it before. Any book originally published in 1813 is going to have some antiquated language. Unfortunately, I’m one of those readers who finds the language a distraction from the story. It’s going to take me forever and a day to finish this book, but I’m going to do it. When I do, I’ll let you know which Darcy is the better man.