Friday, June 6, 2008

A Little Blurb about Jane Austen


Weekend Wordsmith promt, Catnap



The rain spatters out a drumbeat across the windowpane as I slip headlong, with every turn of the page, into the wonderful world of Jane Austen. I have read these stories so often the characters feel like old friends. Sassy, self-assured Lizzie, walking in the woods the hem of her dress muddied. The quiet and steadfast Fanny, whose beauty shines when she speaks. The young Catherine her head full of romance and dangerous fantasies. There are the wonderful Dashwood sisters, sensible and long-suffering Elinor carrying a deep and abiding love and wild and impetuous Marianne a fiery comet of a woman. Lastly, there is Emma, whom every ounce of me wants to dislike, but I cannot help but love. She is snobby and an incurable gossip, but she hides a tender and loving heart.

My eyes grow heavy as I settle into the comfy recliner and lightly nap, my fingers splayed along the well-worn pages. And I realize I’m not dreaming of features or faces, but the words and spirit that these characters embody. Miss Austen has created characters from the different facets of a woman’s personality. It is a mistake to believe these are simple love stories, for they are something far richer and I relish the sublime beauty of her work. The delicate words she has woven around these persona's are a rare treasure, with careful precision she has exposed the very essence of women. The good and the bad and it is no wonder her work is standing the test of time.




copyright Sherry Obsheatz

11 comments:

Jackie said...

You almost feel as if you know her...perhaps you are the great Jane reincarnate :-)

Great post!

texasblu said...

Marianne has always been my favorite. What lovely picture you paint......

jyotsana said...

hi whiterose
read the haiku on marriage...lovely...u know they reminded me of ur grandparents u were talking about the other day. and nice to see ur dad too.
i had come here to tell u something else.i am tagging you...just see the post on my blog... to take or not to take on the tag is entirely ur freedom.

Rae Trigg said...

Wonderful post - I enjoyed reading it.

rebecca said...

oh, white rose, but this was lovely. i've never read jane austen's stories; i do, however, own My Dear Cassandra, which are the letters she wrote to her sister. but, after reading this, i think i may just want to go out and buy one of her books. this is exactly how good literature is spread....by those who read it and feel it and who can make others feel the same.

poirotgrl said...

Beautiful, love...simply beautiful. How well you describe the Austen characters and the environment in which you read them...perfect!

Billy said...

I fell in love with Austen many years ago and am so happy to see a revival and interest in her work. I especially love MANSFIELD PARK.

White Rose said...

Hey Rebecca


I have never read My Dear Cassandra, I'm going to have to make a trip to the book store. I would love to get a little more insight into the relationship with her sister.
Sisterly bonds can be very strong!

Jannie Sue "Funster" said...

She was one of a kind.

Do you like Billy Collins? I think I'll go read some of him after I post this.

Jannie

jason evans said...

A rich description of most beloved writing.

Id it is said...

Indeed Austen's novels are not simple love stories; some of her female characters such as Elizabeth will remain a favorite for generations!
Austen's wit is another remarkable trait that is captivating!