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The Quilty Reader

Lawyer, mother, avid reader. Game host extraordinaire! Partner in crime to Obsidian Black Plague! My bookish weaknesses include classics, fantasy, YA, and agreeing to read more books than is even remotely possible.

Reading progress update: I've read 55 out of 332 pages.

Longbourn - Jo Baker

I am liking Longbourn - but not loving it. I think that Baker's take on the Bennett family is really interesting, and she is definitely approaching it from a new angle that I haven't seen before. I find this absolutely fascinating - we are so accustomed to thinking of the Bennetts as impoverished gentry, that seeing it from the perspective of the truly impoverished servant is fascinating! They are so comfortable and well-off, and the girls so well-dressed and accomplished from the perspective of the servant. It's another way of looking at that veneer of prosperity/superiority that was so critical to the maintenance of the aristocracy in Elizabethan/Regency society.


I also really like the way that she has taken the time to individualize the sisters. Seeing their personality traits as identified by Austen viewed from the outside by a servant is really interesting. The behind the scenes romantic travails of Jane & Bingley (in modern parlance of conflating the names of a couple into one name (Bennifer, etc), can we call them Jingley?) are occurring off-scene, but, because I have read P&P about 25 times, I can tell by the off-hand remarks of Sarah EXACTLY where we are in the timeline.


The food sounds disgusting. Also, laundry was a freaking bitch!