Sunday, May 01, 2005

Books ~ Beds ~ Bounty

Not like this is a surprise, but I have not been very blog-oriented recently. Not that that disrupts the cosmos or anything, but I have been just under the weather and struggling to come out of it! (Still!)

I am enjoying Thomas Hardy's, Far From the Maddening Crowd or Far From the Madding Crowd, depending on your version. What does "madding" mean anyway? Glad you asked!
Madding \Mad"ding\, a.
Affected with madness; raging; furious.
adv. [Archaic]

ok, well what about "maddening?"

Mad·den·ing (măd'n-ĭng)
Tending to anger or irritate: a maddening delay at the airport.
Tending to drive insane.

I think we are dealing with a pretty similar word, but I find it funny that I have been reading this book for quite a few days and only now just realized it said, "Madding." I really do like archaic words or words that one does not see much anymore even if the dictionary does not classify them as "archaic." That is one reason I like reading older books so much; the rich language is enticing to me.

Here is an example of the language and Hardy's use of description.

He had just reached the time of life at which "young" is ceasing to be the prefix of "man" in speaking of one. He was at the brightest period of masculine growth, for his intellect and his emotions were clearly separated: he had passed the time during which the influence of youth indiscriminately mingles them in the character of impulse, and he had not yet arrived at the stage wherein they become united again, in the character of prejudice, by the influence of a wife and family. In short, he as twenty-eight, and a bachelor.

What kind of prejudice a wife and family gives a man, I am not quite sure, but I will take it kindly and look forward to finding out what happens to Farmer Oak as I read further!


I now have all five of my children in twin beds, which to my way of thinking, is quite an accomplishment since that is a lot of beds. :-) We were gifted with a daybed/trundle bed over the weekend and it will work marvelously for Emma with the trundle for guests when we have them. All the other children have their own twin and I am very happy. God has continually provided for us in this area. I was not looking forward to buying a bed and what a blessing these friends have been to us!


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Enjoy your day, kiss those kids, and love that husband!



Kim said...

Have you met up with Mr. Boldwood yet in your reading of Hardy?

You are inspiring me to get this book out and read it again!

Kate said...

No, Kim I haven't! I have been up late trying to catch up on my online work so I have not had much reading. I look forward to making it past the first 6 chapters. :-)