— (via fuckyeahstephenfry)
I NEVER KNEW THIS
I NEVER KNEW THAT WAS WHAT AMERICANS MEANT WHEN THEY SAID “QUITE”
WHY DIDN’T ANYBODY TELL ME
SUDDENLY THAT ONE SONG THAT GOES “HELLO I MISS YOU QUITE TERRIBLY” MAKES LIKE A MILLION TIMES MORE SENSE
are you serious british people
i feel like this means i’ve been overestimating your enthusiasm about things for my entire life
I never knew this. Just so we’re clear, Americans are wrong about this.
— Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
I got an A-, which I am very happy with! Apparently it was “intelligent and scholarly”, and “a pleasure to mark”, which I take as a huge compliment, given the near-encyclopaedic knowledge of the 18th century the tutor has!
- Me: Well, I'm doing Applied Ethics, I'm really excited!
- English lecturer (who happens to be passing by): You're really excited for the exam, right?
- Me: ...
and it would sound really good and make your argument awesome, except you can’t find any scholarly sources that say it?
That’s what I’m experiencing now.
— Mansfield Park, Jane Austen
— My English lecturer. I’m really not sure what the point of that metaphor was. It related somehow to Nabokov’s analysis of Mansfield Park and Nabokov being a super-genius who we will never be like.
— Evelina, Frances Burney
I understand that Pamela is meant to be a somewhat flawed character, since she’s only 15 and in a highly stressful situation, and I understand that Stockholm Syndrome is a very real condition. However, the fact remains that the novel was written “in order to cultivate virtue and religion in both the sexes”. This would imply that the behaviour of Pamela (and, to some extent, Mr. B) is to be admired and emulated. Particularly in the case of Mr. B, although he is stated to have reformed, I didn’t find this at all credible. Basically, he strikes me as a colossal dick. In a bad way.
The other thing about Pamela that annoyed me was her almost pious attitude, furthermore, Richardson seemed to be saying that whatever is good in your life is thanks to the goodness of God, but anything that’s going badly is your own damn fault.