Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Take It From Elizabeth

"What are men to rocks and mountains? Oh! what hours of transport we shall spend! And when we do return, it shall not be like other travellers, without being able to give one accurate idea of any thing. We will know where we have gone - we will recollect what we have seen. Lakes, mountains, and rivers, shall not be jumbled together in our imaginations; nor, when we attempt to describe any particular scene, will we begin quarreling about is relative situation. Let our first effusions be less insupportable than those of the generality of travellers."

- Elizabeth Bennet, Pride and Prejudice

Holed up in the library, grinding out my tutorial paper for the week, this seemed a particularly admirable way of expressing the vividness I'd like to achieve in my own travels. Even if I am spending rather too much time with Miss Bennet and Mr. Darcy as of today.

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