Sanity Level: Charlie Sheen
Update: Is it over yet?
It was Fanny's first ball, though without the preparation or splendour of many a young lady's first ball, being the thought only of the afternoon, built on the late acquisition of a violin player in the servants' hall, and the possibility of raising five couple with the help of Mrs. Grant and a new intimate friend of Mr. Bertram's just arrived on a visit.
|I've gone insane.|
The first few chapters had Austen introducing character after character and I couldn't keep up. Introductions would be made, the character would disappear for several long and boring chapters, and then reappear later. Which is fine with a modern novel; not so much with a Victorian one that I have to sit and decode.
EXTREME PLOT BREAKDOWN THAT IS REALLY EXTREME AND EXCITING DO NOT READ THIS IF YOU ARE PRONE TO HEART ATTACKS OR FAINTING SPELLS:
Edmund and Fanny have talked about horses and walks in the park; others have joined them. Edmund and Fanny have grown up together. Edmund is currently flirting with other girls as far as I can tell (the wording of this novel keeps throwing me off as to what is actually happening) and Fanny is getting jealous.
Edmund cares a lot for Fanny while others do not. It is plainly stated by a Mrs. Bertram that Their rank, fortune, rights, and expectations will always be different. (Don't listen to Mrs. Bertram. She carries around a little puggle dog like Paris Hilton. She's also a rich snob and Edmund's mother. So, yeah, I keep picturing her as Paris Hilton.)
It's clear that Edmund and Fanny are destined to fall in love even though the--get this--the odds are against them. Because no couple ever in a Jane Austen novel ever had the odds against them.
I am having a lot of trouble determining what this one is about. Is it about Edmund going into the clergy? Is it about children (there's a lot)? Is it about adultery as the back cover suggests? I'm going to cut out my crankiness, grit my teeth, and just bare this one for a bit more.