Thursday, September 8, 2016

Inkling Explorations//Little Women

I'm coming in late for the August Inkling Explorations, but as Heidi gave us permission to do so, I am determined that I shall not react in my typical fashion and apologize for my tardiness.  No apologies this time folks.  I am NOT sorry.  ('Cause after all, why should I be?  There's no reason I should be sorry, is there?  Is there?  Well, if there is, then I suppose I could...)  (We'll, continue on while the over-thinking half of my brain tries to figure out whether I should be sorry or not. *wink*)

Anyhow, here's the link to Heidi's blog for more details on this monthly event!  Don't hesitate to join if you have a mind to.  (If I can be late, so can you!  Please.  Keep me company. :P)

The subject for this month is:  The description of a lady's dress in literature.

Right.

So I racked my brain for an extraordinarily long time trying to come up with an impressive and detailed description of a lady's dress, but sadly (which is just my luck) I couldn't think of one.   So finally I fell back on my old stand-by and chose a passage from Little Women.  It's actually describing two women's/girl's dresses, so I hope that's not bending the rules too far.  :P  And if it is, well...


I'll just give you my most charming grin in hopes that it will charm away all responsibility regarding this matter, and let me comfortably off the hook.

Now to get back to my story... (or, rather, Louisa May Alcott's story, but you know what I mean.)

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After various lesser mishaps, Meg was finished at last, and by the united exertions of the family Jo's hair was got up and her dress on.  They looked very well in their simple suits, -- Meg in silvery drab, with a blue velvet snood, lace frills, and the pearl pin; Jo in maroon, with a stiff, gentlemanly collar, and a white chrysanthemum or two for her only ornament.  Each put on one nice light glove, and carried one soiled one, and all pronounced the effect "quite easy and fine."  Meg's high-heeled slippers were very tight, and hurt her, though she would not own it, and Jo's nineteen hair-pins all seemed stuck  straight into her head, which was not exactly comfortable; but, dear me, let us be elegant or die!

Isn't Louisa May Alcott's writing splendid?
Assuming that you've read some of her books, which one would you consider your favorite?

20 comments:

  1. "Dear me, let us be elegant or die!"

    Always. ;) Well, maybe not always...

    This was a great selection! And heehee, no you should not be sorry. I didn't even participate for this past month's selection. Time just got away from me... :( So I should be the sorry one! :)

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    1. Heehee. Yeah, how's that for a maxim? ;)

      Thanks. I'm glad you liked it. :) And oh, I KNOW! Where has the time gone? This year has flown by SO quickly! (No, you needn't be sorry, either. Lack of time is a very legitimate excuse. ;))

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    2. Haha! Yes, indeed. I need to say it in real life. That would be amusing. ;)

      Glad you understand. But yes, eeek. Time! I'm very happy for autumn's approach, but this summer seems to have just flown by...

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    3. It truly would! ;)

      My thoughts exactly...

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  2. June Allyson and Alcott!! What elegance!!! :D That last sentence from Little Women kills me every time. ;D

    On another note, I'm so glad I'm not the only one that struggled with this Inkling topic!! Hahaha. I did the same thing you did, what description do I love enough to share?...*Brain: I've got nothing, Me: Well, thanks anyway*. ;P

    Oh, and my favorite Alcott would be An Old-Fashioned Girl...but I'm fairly certain you knew that.

    ~Cordy

    P.S. Yes!! No apology! Hehehe.

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    1. Somehow I thought you'd appreciate that! ;D Oh, I know! It's such a great line, isn't it?

      Yes, it was rather hard. Which is funny, because it seems like it ought to have been an easy one. I mean, there must be tons of descriptions of ladies dresses sprinkled throughout literature. I'm sorry you weren't able to come up with one. It would have been fun to read your post. (Honestly, though, what is it with brains these days? SO unhelpful. :P)

      Yup. I'm proud to say I did know that. :)

      ~Miss March

      P.S. Haha!

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  3. Oh, I just love your selection Miss March! And from one of my favourite books:)

    That whole scene is so sweet, and "let us be elegant or die" - I had completely forgotten that little gem:)

    Glad you also joined, so I'm not the only one to be late;)

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    1. Yay! I'm glad you enjoyed it! And that you like Little Women, too! That is one of my very favorite books! (Not like that was obvious or anything. Heehee. ;))

      Yes, indeed! I love it when authors throw in witty little remarks like that! :)

      Haha. My pleasure! ;) Actually, though, I'm glad YOU joined, because it was your post that got me thinking seriously about doing my own. I probably wouldn't have otherwise. :)

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  4. I think that is a great selection!!! I have only read one book of hers, and well, it's this one! So it's my favorite!

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    1. Thanks, MovieCritic! And oh! You've only ever read one of her books? Dear me. You really must read more sometime. :) I think Little Women is probably my favorite, too, but she has some others which are quite excellent!

      Thanks so much for commenting! :D

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  5. That's a great passage! I love the "let us be elegant or die!" :) I've read Little Women and a few of Alcott's short stories(I tried and failed to get through Little Men.) I love Little Women, and daresay I may love the movie more.
    PS: There's no reason to be sorry about this. :)

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    1. Me, too! That's such a fun line. :) Oh dear. What was wrong with Little Men that you couldn't finish it? :( I've always liked that one, but then I can see how it wouldn't be everyone's cup of tea. Little Women is probably the best.
      P.S. Thanks! :)

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  6. Um YES LOUISA MAY ALCOTT'S WRITING IS SSOOO SPLENDID.

    I love this excerpt, by the way. :D I've almost got it half memorized, by the amount of times I've read Little Women... speaking of which, Little Women still remains my favourite of Louisa's work, although others of hers (especially "Eight Cousins") is in proper contest for that place. :D

    ~Miss Meg

    P.S. It was rather odd reading that passage, in a sense, because you were kind of describing ME, since I claim to be Meg, haha. ;)

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    1. HEAR, HEAR!!

      Yup, I think Little Women is my favorite, as well, though I like some of her other books very much, too! (How many times have you read Little Women?)

      ~Miss March

      P.S. Aww! I hadn't thought about it that way, but that's so true! <3

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  7. Know this is an old post but I've been reading (stalking) your blog and thought I'd comment here as I just watched the old version of Little Women yesterday with my little sister.
    Anyway, love your blog. The Miss Potter things are so sweet!

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    1. Aw, I love comments on old posts. Little Women is a fun movie, isn't it?

      Thanks for stopping by< Morgan. And, by the way, did you just follow my blog? Because I noticed I have 31 followers now, so I'm assuming that was you? Anyway, thanks! :)

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    2. Yes! I followed. For some reason it doesn't show up my picture but just the anonymous one. Sorry if it creeped you out!

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    3. Oh, no, not at all! I just wanted to make sure it was you so I could officially welcome you and say "thank you!" It's always fun to get a new follower. :) (And I know all about the whole anonymous picture thing. I've had trouble with that myself. :P)

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