Monday, July 21, 2008

5 miles

I did 5 miles on the treadmill this evening, which is a personal best. I'm still listening to Emma. I don't think I've ever heard it phrased this way, but Jane Austen is a sort of early mystery writer, and the pages of her books are thick with clues missed by heroines. Thanks to this quality of Austen's novels, rereading them is extremely rewarding.

On this reading, I was noticing Emma's virtues--how patient she is with her sweet and very selfish father, how attentive to his comfort, and what a generous hostess she is to her fathers' friends who bore her. Emma is a bird in a gilded cage. She's rich, she's admired, and she has everything at home as she likes it. She has everything she wants, except freedom. She can't leave father, she can't travel, she doesn't seem to go to London much, she's never seen the sea, and she's confined to socializing with the small subset of the gentry in her village who are willing to put up with her father's foibles.

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