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text 2018-03-11 22:17
Interesting Quote [Currently Reading]
The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett

“One of the new things people began to find out in the last century was that thoughts—just mere thoughts—are as powerful as electric batteries—as good for one as sunlight is, or as bad for one as poison. To let a sad thought or a bad one get into your mind is as dangerous as letting a scarlet fever germ get into your body. If you let it stay there after it has got in you may never get over it as long as you live."

 

― Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden. Published 1911.

 

This quote stood out to me as I am reading this book. It is very true, but if you have depression, how does one stop the sad and bad thoughts? It is something to think about.

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review 2018-01-26 15:43
Marriage bargains across the sea
The Shuttle - Frances Hodgson Burnett

Like it happened to me with the two previous novels by this author, this book happened to me also. As in, there I was reading, and the gorgeous writing caught me and carried me through the pages.

 

The starting issue is difficult to read and heartbreaking. Mixing of cultures, a despicable man and a sweet, naive girl. Reading Nigel's though process was forever icky, and, like I mentioned in some progress update, an abridged manual for abusers. It is startling and scary how accurate many of his observations on human behavior are, and how he uses normal expectations and disbelief as a refuge in audacity (at one point he observes how he's being over-the-top in his villainy, and how it's to his advantage, because who would believe such a discourse happened in real life).

 

Once Betty enters the stage to stay, it becomes more like the standard Hodgson Burnett fare. Much like Sarah Crewe, she's a plucky, resourceful angel. It's one of those unbelievable characters that one still can't help but love and be charmed by.

 

It is a lovely book that tackles a thorny issue in a somewhat rosy but insightful way, and I liked it very much.

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text 2018-01-25 20:19
Reading progress update: I've read 360 out of 512 pages.
The Shuttle - Frances Hodgson Burnett

“No!” he said passionately. “By God, no!”
“You say that,” said the older man, “because you have not yet reached the end of your tether. Unhappy as you are, you are not unhappy enough. Of the two, you love yourself the more—your pride and your stubbornness.”

 

"The Tidal Wave" indeed. And now I know why the last chapter is "The Primeval Thing". I love how every chapter is titled. And I love Penzance's wisdom. To have the friendship of such a parson.

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text 2018-01-25 00:34
Reading progress update: I've read 285 out of 512 pages.
The Shuttle - Frances Hodgson Burnett

“When I saw you last you were a fierce nine-year-old American child. I use the word ‘fierce’ because—if you’ll pardon my saying so—there was a certain ferocity about you.”
“I have learned at various educational institutions to conceal it,” smiled Betty.

 *evil grin* Not the same as saying she lost it.

How Burnett enchants and engages me. I can't stop reading. The same happened to me with her previous books. The tide of the pages just carries me off.

Also, as she talked, it was plain that her habit of self-control and her sense of resource would be difficult to deal with. He was a survival of the type of man whose simple creed was that women should not possess resources, as when they possessed them they could rarely be made to behave themselves.

 *raised eyebrows* This guy is unrelentingly loath-worthy.

His personal theories concerning women presented to him two or three effective ways of managing them. You made love to them, you flattered them either subtly or grossly, you roughly or smoothly bullied them, or you harrowed them with haughty indifference—if your love-making had produced its proper effect—when it was necessary to lure or drive or trick them into submission. Women should be made useful in one way or another.

 Seriously, following his though-process is like reading an abuse manual

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quote 2018-01-24 02:36
“There are a good many girls who can be trusted to do things in these days,” she said. “Women have found out so much. Perhaps it is because the heroines of novels have informed them.”
The Shuttle - Frances Hodgson Burnett

Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Shuttle

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