Posts Tagged ‘feminism’


Powering Through

July 11, 2011

Silence.  Lots of silence on this blog.  Silence like the relative audio tranquility produced by a geothermal heat pump (as opposed to other forms of manufacturing energy).

My excuse has been work.  Work that has been forcing me to read through reference guides on energy sources.  So my brain is afloat with interesting factual tidbits about all things energy right now.  At least I think they’re interesting…after living in those books all day, I’ll admit my frame of reference may be skewed.  I’m going to try to leave that behind as I type this post but please excuse me if I get waylaid by an extended metaphor employing switchgrass fuel as a referant for Lucy’s affection for Graham (or John or Isidore…pick a name and stick with already Currer!)–It’s a pipe dream!  Or is it?!  It’s preposterous…or not.

I have been reading more and I think I understand what you dislike about this book.  You don’t like the fact that this book has no real plot.  Or it has a plot but it moves at such a glacial pace that it may as well not exist.  Well rest assured–I feel your pain.  I was reading through and trying to decide what I could post on and I came up with nothing.  Dr. John and Lucy have a spat (yawn), Lucy would rather look at the scandalous painting of Cleopatra than at the paintings of idealized, cliched womanhood that M. Paul thinks more appropriate (I get it, she’s a Feminist)…but no huge plot developments (in fact no real plot developments at all).

I enjoy reading about Lucy subverting the paradigm, refusing to let men define who she is based purely on her secondary sexual characteristics and I think it’s still an important theme for today (some would say its importance is analogous to the head in a microhydropower system…i.e. very important).  But I go could for some dynamic plot action as well.  Maybe fisticuffs or that ghost nun…they could do some really spooky stuff with that ghost nun!

Well I should get back to my energy work…the turbine of my brain has ceased to generate new electrical ideas.  But after the energy reading it’s Villette full speed ahead!  So get reading.



Getting The Job Done

April 21, 2011

I’m sure at the tip of your typing finger you’ve got all sorts of sassy taunts just ready to add to the Internet.  Things like “Jon have you forgotten about this blog?”  or “Lose your copy of Villette?”  (Okay those don’t sound very sassy…you’d probably make them more interesting.)

And my response to your, as yet unwritten, witty rejoinders is…a blanket admission of negligence.  I’ve got no excuse.  Sure this book starts off really boring-ly and has yet to provide me with any meaty topics to expound upon, sure I’ve recently discovered The Good Wife which is compulsively watchable and sucks away gigantic portions of my night, and yes, I’m lazy (I like doing nothing, is that so wrong?).  All true.  Mea Culpa.

But I plan to atone, and the atonement starts now.  I will force myself to march on in this book and excavate the compelling factors well, well hidden behind the seemingly (oh so seemingly) uninteresting action of the book.

First….feminism.  I realize (and appreciate–I’m such an enlightened male!) that this book may well have been unique (and empowering) for its time, telling the story of brave, intrepid (and unfortunately, painfully boring) Lucy Snowe as she went out on her own, traveled to France, and found gainful employment.  I dig that she’s choosing her own adventures…I just wish we could pick up the pace a little bit on getting this particular scene set.

On a completely unrelated note…I always want to spell traveled as “travelled” — is that just me?  I feel like some time (perhaps long, long ago) I learned that the correct spelling was double-l.  But the red squiggle of spell checker tells me I’m wrong.  Just thought I’d share (Bronte doesn’t have a corner on the market of boring!).

Second–employment.  If nothing else we are getting an interesting snapshot on the hiring practices of the Victorian era (is it still the Victorian era if the story takes place in France?).  First you rightly point out Miss Marchmont has an odd approach when it comes to reeling in prospective “talent”.  Then we get Madame Beck’s negligence in checking references–she just calls M. Paul has him give Lucy a once-over and when he likes what he sees (lascivious eye brow wiggle) engages her on the spot.  Employment sure was wacky back then.  Mon Dieu!

There I’ve tried.  So let’s move this conversation along.  What do you see in this trope of employment…what is Bronte commenting on?

Oh God…if we have to talk about that for the next 400 pages I will cry real tears.

The tears are forming as I type…