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Written by Natchie
(8/31/2013 9:23 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Help needed in locating two facts, penned by Natchie
Thanks so much to all who gave me answers to my two questions! Some poster a few days back, probably on another board, said that Pemberley.com is sufficient and that he or she doesn't require joining the usual book club to talk about books. I'm beginning to realize this for myself. Pemberleans are a lot more focused and knowledgable than the average Book Club member. Having just read S&S for the second time, I still had plenty of questions but tried to figure them out for myself before posting some still giving me trouble. It's obvious that another reading of S&S is required, and who knows how many more readings thereafter for things to sink in. I'm so used to reading fast that I don't pick up on many of the clues that have been dropped by JA along the way. Even word or phrase searches of the e-text don't always find the spot where the answers are.
This very morning I was again in Chapter 1 looking for one piece of information and realized I had jumped to some unwarranted conclusions from what JA had sparingly given us. I think our author liked being a bit obscure and creating puzzles for us to solve and waiting for later chapters to give us little crumbs of further information embedded in paragraphs that really talk on a different subject matter altogether. But that's the way Austen, who loves to make us think, preferred to do it, and the non-curious probably never do get the story straight. Yet the little details mean a lot in these novels.
I have a mind that is pictorially and geographically inclined. I like to place characters on maps of England in my head and often refer to an old atlas I have to get the counties straight when reading Austen. That helps me to differentiate between the novels as well since the plots often have similar circumstances going on in the lives of the characters.
Posters have helped me give Mrs. Ferrars some placement and some rationale regarding her fortune, and have located for me sentences about Colonel Brandon's brother. Believe me, it's a wonderful help! I don't know if it happens this way to any of you, but I find myself waking up in the morning after time spent reading Austen the day before asking myself questions that never occured to me while reading. My mind must be grappling with some of them subconsciously as I sleep.
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