Denne søndagen er jeg noen få sider ut i Jane Austen sin Northanger Abbey. Det er månedens bok i Lines lesesirkel og det blir forhåpentligvis den første jeg fullfører i lesesirkelen av flere jeg har meldt meg på i år. I fjor meldte jeg meg nemlig på to, men fullførte ingen av dem av ulike grunner. Jane Austen er nytt for meg i bokform, da jeg har sett diverse filmer og serier av andre av hennes mest kjente romaner. Jeg er veldig spent på om denne er noe for meg. Her er en smakebit fra side 5 i min Vintage Classic-utgave:
Mrs. Morland was a very good woman, and wished to see her children every thing they ought to be; but her time was so much occupied in lying-in and teaching the little ones, that her elder daughters were inevitably left to shift for themselves; and it was not very wonderful that Catherine, who had by nature nothing heroic about her, should prefer cricket, base ball, riding on horseback, and running about the country at the age of fourteen,to books - or at least books of information - for, provided that nothing like useful knowledge could be gained from them, provided they were all story and no reflection, she had never any objection to books at all. But from fifteen to seventeen she was in training for a heroine; she read all such works as heroines must read to supply their memories with those quotations which are so serviceable and so soothing in the vicissitudes of their eventful lives.