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02 September 2010 @ 03:28 pm
and speaking of Mansfield Park  
Why do I find the phrase "by carefully giving way to the inclination of the leaves" so...insidious? It kind of makes my skin crawl. I mean, I'm sure it's context that has me yelling mentally "argh step away from the book Henry Crawford," but still. It is menacing and I don't know why--because it ought to be the opposite; he's not forcing the pages open or anything.

...You know, I think it's the fact that Fanny can't have any secrets from him. She's beset on all sides, all the time, and now he's coming along and figuring out what she's been reading, even when she says nothing: "Not a look, or an offer of help had Fanny given; not a syllable for or against."

In partly related news, it fills me with a glancing sadness that the Cambridge UP editions of Austen's novels are too expensive to own. Not that I need yet more Austen editions, but they're rather lovely. And there's something about reading a familiar novel in a new edition; it just feels different. Especially when they've reverted to the older punctuation (from the earliest printed editions, instead of Chapman's punctuation), as they have with these.

(I read an article on Chapman and Austen in the TLS once, and I keep forgetting to go back and find it again.)
 
 
 
Neaneadods on September 2nd, 2010 09:11 pm (UTC)
Should I point out that there are lovely Shakespeare and Austen apps for the iPod touch? The complete works (including juvenalia for Austen), character lists, etc.
tempestsarekind: austen bonnetstempestsarekind on September 2nd, 2010 09:57 pm (UTC)
Ooh, shiny!
Neaneadods on September 2nd, 2010 10:37 pm (UTC)
Both shiny and free!
tempestsarekind: freema reading is sexytempestsarekind on September 2nd, 2010 10:39 pm (UTC)
Better and better. :)
Neaneadods on September 2nd, 2010 11:23 pm (UTC)
There's also a Holmes app & an Edgar Allen Poe app