So I have been sick since Tuesday. I thought I was getting better, but apparently I was fooled :)
I have had plenty of time to do nothing at all. That part hasn't been bad. My sweet Dan has been taking such good care of me. I'm sure I'm forever indebted to him.
I have been on a Jane Austen Extravaganza this week. The true romantic in me. So far we have watched Pride and Prejudice(Keira Knightley version), Persuasion and Sense and Sensibility(BBC version). I still need to watch the other Sense and Sensibility(Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet) and Emma(Gwyneth Paltrow). Yes there are a few other movies, but I don't have them and I really don't care for them too much. So what is your favorite Jane Austen story? I love how beautiful the stories weave together. The true agony of love, loss, poverty and wealth. Of rank and characteristics of good and evil. Of the hopeless romantics in the characters. I love how the men in the stories are honorable and genuine in there love and devotion. My favorite male lead is Mr. Knightly. I may be bias but I think that he is the most like Dan. :) Dan is my My Mr. Knightly! My Mr. Ottosen! :) So I have saved Emma for last. He loves Emma deeply, he knows what he wants but he does everything in wisdom and great love. He is genuine and kind. Definitely makes the best husband. He adores her!!!
I do love Mr. Darcy too, but it takes him a while to get off his high horse and be a real man. When he realizes the error of his ways he really is a wonderful man. He loves her sooooooo deeply. Edward and Col. Brandon from Sense and Sensibility are good too. It was hard for me to get used to the idea of Col. Brandon with Maryann. There age difference was a little too big for me but he only had the most decent of intentions. I really enjoyed Edward (he is so upstanding and honorable)....I just wanted to see him in the story more. Now Persuasion has really grown on me. It keeps getting better. I like Capt. Wentworth. He was devastated by the loss of Ann. Even though he was so hurt he continued to love her against his judgement. The struggle for love and longing to be with the one you love after you think that the other has moved on. In all the Jane Austen books I don't care for the the rank and inferiority of birth and status( the snobs) and that you don't have certain rights as a woman. It must have been really tough to live back then. I love how they spend real time as friends and family. I love the slow pace and time to ponder. Each story has a bit of jealousy and longing. Excellent kisses too! I love the atmosphere, the green countryside with the beautiful cottages and mansions. The respect and politeness in public, the great respect for marriage. If I could sum it up in one word it would be