Sunday, January 09, 2011

Falling for Jane Austen…..

I’m rereading Pride and Prejudice only to enjoy Austen’s witty prose and laugh at the dialogues she so skillfully creates. I marvel at the currency her prose has to this date, January 2011, even when this was the second novel she published in 1813. Due to the way reading her novels makes me feel, it doesn’t surprise me one bit to know that Prince Regent was her fan, the reason why she dedicated one of her novels to him, or that Sir Walter Scott was an ardent reader of her work.
Only Jane can write Mr. Collins’ response to Elizabeth “I know it to be the established custom of your sex to reject a man on the first application, and perhaps you have even now said as much to encourage my suit as would be consistent with the true delicacy of the female character” (82) These are Collins’ words when she refuses his marriage proposal. Those words could easily have been said today and I’m sure plenty of readers like myself, love how Pride and Prejudice give the impression that you’re listening to people talking in England’s 1800s; surprisingly, voicing the same relationships’ issues we’re dealing and talking about today. And the issue gets funnier when Elizabeth keeps on refusing him and he persists: “I shall choose to attribute it to your wish of increasing my love by suspense, according to the usual practice of elegant females” (83).
The readers should forever be thankful to Jane for making us laugh with Mrs. Bennet complaining about how she is suffering from her nerves whenever things don’t go her way...........

Friday, January 07, 2011

2011 Año Nuevo

El 31 de diciembre de 2010 fue el día en que el excelente fotógrafo de El Nuevo Herald, Pedro Portal, tomó esta fotografía de aves en Miami Beach. Mirando la foto he reflexionado sobre todas las cosas que quiero hacer en este nuevo año. Todo fin de año y comienzo de año nuevo inevitablemente nos recuerda el paso del tiempo, estemos listos, o no, tengamos planes, o no, porque el tiempo pasará de forma inexorable y para aprovecharlo debemos tomar conciencia de este hecho. Para el 2011 mis palabras son: Carpe Diem. Las gaviotas me inspiraron a decir Carpe Diem, Carpe Diem, Carpe Diem. Feliz 2011!