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Weekend Quotes #1

This is the first post of my participation in Weekend Quotes meme hosted by Half-filled Attic. I prefer to chose one of Eliza quote that I found interesting . This quote was made by Eliza Doolittle when she said her dissatisfaction of Higgins behaviour toward her. She demand to be treated like a lady because the way Higgins treated her made her progress seems useless because he always see Eliza as a flower girl.

“… the difference between a lady and a flower girl is not how she behaves, but how’s she treated.”

At first, I ultimately disagree with this statement because I always think that we should behave in a right manner to get people respect. But this point of view don’t match with the context of the story. She said that because she already had a ladylike perfect manner but the one she hope will appreciate her hard work seem didn’t care at all.

Sometimes people don’t think the best of others and we treated people based on our own perspective about someone. It made me think that we should behave sincerely to others and always respect one another in order to see somebody as  a whole person. If we trapped in our judgement we cannot see the best of someone like Higgins that failed to see the new Miss Eliza Dooolittle.

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Mansfield Park

I have watch several movies based on novels by Jane Austen such as Emma starring by Gwyneth Paltrow, Pride and Prejudice starring by Kiera Knightly and Sense and Sensibility starring by Emma Watson. I fell in love immediately to Jane Austen stories, overall because she always place woman as main character in her story, the heroine usually acts different from other woman in her time and the ending is satisfying and didn’t sound like a chic lit. I feel excited to read this book and hope for the same experience as the other Austen story but alas Mansfield Park totally disappointed me.

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Mansfield Park is a house name owned by Sir Thomas Bertram (I really like how nobleman/rich man has a name for their own big fancy house); Sir Thomas had a wife named Maria Ward Huntingdon who had two siblings, Mrs. Norris and Mrs. Price. Everyone said that Price family lucky to have Sir Bertram as a son in law because he is rich and had a higher social level than them. Unfortunately, Lady Bertram sisters couldn’t find a better husband than her, especially Mrs. Price who had many children and live poorly with her unemployed husband. Knowing about her sister condition, Bertram family decided to foster Fanny, one of Mrs. Price daughter.

It was never easy to Fanny to leave her family; she was a shy-introvert girl who has a weak physical condition. She found hard to be friend with her cousins because she’s not smart and have no confidence at all; only Edmund that treated her like his own sister. He encouraged her to write letters to her beloved brother William to ease her sorrow leaving alone in Mansfield Park and he often accompanied Fanny in her hard time. Time goes by and Fanny Price grow became a beautiful young lady, despite her bashfulness, she captivated many young gentleman in the ball but Fanny heart belonged to Edmund only. In the other hand, Edmund loved Mary Crawford, Fanny’s best friend and also their neighbor. Mary was an attractive and well-mannered woman who has many talents bud sadly she’s a little bit arrogant, she loved Edmund too but his obsession to become a priest hampered her love. How will this triangle love be resolve?

Relax guys there won’t be any surprise in the end, you should have guess it before you reach the last page. As I told you, I’m not enjoying this book but I manage to finished this book hoping that there is a or several conflict that can’t made my heart beats faster, but nothing was going on! The major reason I dislike this story because Fanny Price is not qualified as heroine at all (I thought that every Austen novel has a heroine), she is too weak and if Fanny Price become one of the character in Pride and Prejudice, she probably just a supernumerary character. The other reason would be no characters that seem interesting, both the antagonist and protagonist role. Surprisingly there is one famous Fanny’s quote that made her more relevant:

We all have best guide within us, if only we would listen”

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The Importance of being Earnest

Bunburyist is a strange word that I doubt you will find in any English dictionary. The term Burnburyist here was used by Algernon Moncrieff to describe an act for pretending that someone has a (imaginary) friend or brother or relative for the purpose to run away from tiresome social obligation. He found himself lucky knowing that his friend Jack Worthing had a same secret as his, Jack also has fake bother named Ernest that always masking trouble and needed to be save by his big brother Jack, but the fact is Jack is Ernest himself, he created Ernest to give himself a leisure time in London to do whatever he wants despite his obligation as a guardian of eighteen year old Cecily Cardew, a landlord and other responsibility.
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Silas Marner

Feel betrayed by his best friend, community and his fiancée, Silas Marner decided to leave Lantern Yard and move in to the first place he feels settled, Raveloe, a countryside village. He tried to forget all that happened and doing numbing routine of solitary work as a weaver. His neighbor found him as an introvert person but had a special knowledge for herbal remedies and his fine work as a weaver that made him secretly rich. He rarely joined the other villager for drinking or just gossiping at local bar. His only amusement was spending every night counting his gold that has been hidden beneath floorboards.
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Wuthering Heights

Dealing with Bronte Sister books were never easy. It took almost half a year for me to have courage to read another Bronte’s sisters book after Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. Wuthering Heights is considered as gothic romance novel. This book has romance story but in dark manner and made the reader (especially myself) feel depressed and somehow in like/dislike relationship with this book. I wonder whether the life of Emily Bronte is so dark and unhappy because her writing made me think it was.

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The story began when Mr. Earnshaw brought an orphan boy home, Heathcliff. Hindley and Cathy, the Earnshaw children, felt very disappointed because their father brought home an uncertain boy from Liverpool despite the gifts their father already promised. No one in Wuthering Heights (name of Mr. Earnshaw house) felt compassionate or tries to make friend with Heathcliff except Mr. Earnshaw himself. Heathcliff was a quiet, bad-tempered, and cunning boy whom existence bothering everyone near him but for a strange reason and slow but sure Cathy admired the wild Heathcliff and suddenly they became inseparable and unfortunately fallen in love with each other.

After Mr. Earnshaw died, Hindley the elder son made Heathcliff life like hell. Cathy, the one friend that he ever got changed dramatically after accidentally spent several weeks in Trushcross Grange, the Linton family surprisingly changed her became a well-mannered girl. The climax was despite her feelings to Heathcliff she decided to married Edgar Linton, a gentleman that will support her climbing social status. Knowing that there is no more happiness that can hold him in Wuthering Heights he decided to leave and promised himself to take revenge to all people that hurt him. Sure that this story does not end this way and left us to the question, “Is there any happy ending in this novel?” What do you think?

*spoiler alert*
Reading several first chapters in this book did not made me enjoying this book at all. I wonder is there any man like Heathcliff that seem doesn’t have kindness at all. At first I think that this novel was a kind of bildungsroman where the main character have a chance to develop to become someone better than he/she used to be but I think I’m wrong.

Although the story mainly told us about how Heathcliff plan a revenge to hurt everyone, surprisingly it has a happy ending (according to me). Different from Jane Eyre, this story ending is kind of relief after reading much hatred and twisted mind of every character. Sometime I feel want to pass the page that tell about Heathcliff and Cathy feelings but strangely I feel challenged and not boring at all to see what happen next. Four stars for Emily Bronte.