Another thing that stands out in the book is how the characters seem to be reading too. In fact, many important developments in the novel are revealed through the form of reading letters that one character gives to the other. Austen shows us that reading is not merely downloading words on a page to your brain. It is about interpreting what you have read. This is what Mary, the third daughter in the family, fails to do. Although she reads the most, she does not learn like Elizabeth because she doesn’t read between the lines. Elizabeth, on the other hand, enables herself to grow because she is capable of forming her own insights and revising it. Isn’t this what we are guilty of sometimes? So the next time you want to finish a book for the sake of finishing a book, keep in mind that you are losing a chance to feed your mind with antioxidants and a chance to provide your soul with vitamins :P.
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- kibitzer: Dictionary.com Word of the Daykibitzer: a giver of uninvited or unwanted advice.
- kibitzer: Dictionary.com Word of the Day