Posted by Hil on September 15, 1998 at 21:13:55:
At a lunch at the weekend a man was saying he could never meet up with women, and a couple of women were telling him that there were always 'too many women'. Apart from the little reverberation of Lizzy's quip in P&P, it has had me thinking about how often I hear that latter sentiment these days. Its a little different, because it usually implies a deficiency of gentlemen, rather than a deficiency of males.
Again a little different, it lead in turn to remembering Vera Brittain's book 'Testament of Youth' (1933). She was a feminist, novelist, and pacifist, and the book is a beautifully written account of WWI from a woman's point of view. One of the lasting impressions it made on me was of the overwhelming sadness of her (and others) realization that as well as losing family and friends, their generation had lost almost a whole generation of menfolk.
Its a powerful book. Has anyone else read it?
- Goodbye To All That Terese 16:58:46 9/16/98 (3)
- sadness Jane 09:57:38 9/16/98 (6)
- I just read Testament of Youth Kay 10:20:22 9/17/98 (3)
- Responses Hil 21:41:44 9/17/98 (0)
- Masterpiece Theater and was there a sequel?? KateMcQ 19:19:15 9/17/98 (1)
- Saw it, was moved by it, about the Testament of Experience: sanna 03:30:22 9/18/98 (0)
- "And some there be, which have no memorial.." sanna 15:02:38 9/16/98 (1)
- Thanks, sanna Hil 21:33:27 9/17/98 (0)
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