A Jane Austen Education: Miss Bates’ tongue

To pay attention to “minute particulars” is to notice your life as it passes, before it passes. But it is also, I realized, something more. By taking over their little daily affairs—and not just talking them over, but talking them over and over, again and again (the same story in brief, then in full, the same stories one house, then another)—the characters in Emma were doing nothing less than attaching themselves to life. They were weaving the web of community, one strand of conversation at a time. They were creating the world, in the process of talking about it.

—William Deresiewicz, A Jane Austen Education: How six novels taught me about love, friendship, and the things that really matter

That sounds to me a lot like social networking, which reminds me of this.

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2 comments on “A Jane Austen Education: Miss Bates’ tongue

  1. Stefanie says:

    Love the observation. And we think of social networking as being so new and technological, but it’s been going on for hundreds, thousands, of years.

    • Sylvia says:

      Exactly. We didn’t start talking about lunch because someone invented Twitter, someone invented Twitter because we like talking about lunch. 🙂 (I’m having some Barbara’s Baked cheez puffs and a Macintosh apple, by the way. 😉 )

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