Sunday, May 18, 2008

Nearest book meme

J.B. at My Grey Gardens tagged me for this. Here are the rules:

1..Pick up the nearest book.
2.Open to page 123.
3.Locate the fifth sentence.
4.Post the next three sentences on your blog and in so doing...
5.Tag five people, and acknowledge who tagged me.

So, the book nearest at hand (well, the book nearest me that has a 123rd page. LOTS of kids books around.) is Pride and Predjudice by Jane Austen. Here's the text. (The speaker is Charlotte Lucas, Elizabeth Bennett's best friend, who is about to marry a complete boob.)

"I am not romantic you know. I never was. I ask only a comfortable
home; and considering Mr. Collins's character, connections,
and situation in life, I am convinced that my chance of happiness....

(Oh Charlotte, how can you? He's such an utter nincompoop!) MY GOD, I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!! I've read it countless times, seen every movie of it (a pox on the Keira Knightly version), and it never grows stale. Time for me to get off the soap box and start tagging. I'll tag Doralong, Miss Janey, Sageweb, Yellowdog Granny, and Susan at One Woman show. Ladies, simply ignore this tag if you want to, or play, if you like! (It's easy and actually kinda fun.)

13 comments:

yellowdog granny said...

you must have known that that book on preventing homosexuality is right by my desk....oh this is going to be ugly..ha

Elizabeth said...

I look forward to your editorial comments!

jason said...

Ah....I have my students reading this now.

Jan said...

Elizabeth, what did you think of the film version of "Pride and Prejudice" with Greer Garson and Laurence Olivier? It's the best version I've seen. I think it really highlights Austen's humor and richness of characters.

She and I share the same birthday! That's as far as our similarity goes...ha!

Susan at One-Woman Show said...

Ooh, I can do this! But I'm at work at the moment (ssh) and I only see a dictionary nearby. I'll tackle this when I get home :)

BTW, I love Pride & Prejudice. One of my all-time favorites. And let me just say Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy. Mmm-hmmm. You know what I'm saying...

sageweb said...

Oh I will do it...but I can't do it right now cuz the book that is next to me is an avionics proprietary rights book...What a bore...I will wait till I get home.

mrpeenee said...

PBS out here is running the Pride and Prejudice from 1995 with Colin Firth. I actually like it better than I remember it, although nothing is as good as reading the original.

Elizabeth said...

Jason - First of all, I adore you; no teacher of mine in HS, ever assigned us Austen. I read Faulkner, Fitzgerald, and Styron of all things. But no girls allowed the boys of the canon club.

So how's it going? Are the kids into it, or does it just seem old and weird to them?

Jan - I haven't seen that one in a while, but I remember liking it when I did see it. I'll have to order it on netflix and see how it's held up.

Susan - I do, in fact, know exactly what you mean about Colin with-those-smouldering-brown-eyes Firth. I have to admit, the scene where he takes his shirt off and dives in the lake sends me into fits of giggling and pretend puking, because it's so wrong for Austen. But I definitely appreciate his, uh... assets, as it were (even giggling and pretend puking).

Sage - No worries, hon. Though Avionics Propietary Rights sound smokin' hot!

Mr. P - Nothing and nobody touches Jane in her own words.

But.... My favorite used to be an older BBC version with a script by Fay Weldon. It's six hours long and wonderfully faithful to the book. But I saw the Colin Firth one recently too. And as I told Susan, his assets are winning me over. He really does the dark, brooding, passionate glance very well.

Doralong said...

Not ignoring the mission- been a wee bit absorbed. As the reading material closest at hand is "Principles Of ICD-9-CM Coding" you'll have to wait till a bit later in the day, unless of course that interests you.. I didn't think so.

Susan at One-Woman Show said...

I did it, E. Not sure you'll ever ask me to do another, but I found a book :)

Elizabeth said...

Dora - Only if you want to, honey.

Susan - Yay! (I read it. I've always thought the Buddha was my kind of man!)

SubtleKnife said...

As far as I know I haven't been tagged by anyone, but I did this anyway, it's fun.

Elizabeth said...

Thanks!