Becky’s Online Reading Group will be reading Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer in the month of May. Reading schedule is below! I hope you’ll join me–join us–as we read this wonderful, wonderful book.
Friday, May 9th, 2008; Ch. 1-3; May 7th through May 19th
Monday, May 12, 2008; Ch. 4-6; May 20th through June 25th
Wednesday, May 14th, 2008; Ch. 7-8; July 2 through August 4th
Friday, May 16th, 2008; Ch. 9-11; August 6th through September 5th
Monday, May 19th, 2008; Ch. 12-14; September 6th through October 24th
Wednesday, May 21rst, 2008; Ch. 15- 17; October 26th through December 21rst
Friday, May 23rd, 2008; Ch 18-19; December 24th through February 7th
Monday, May 26th; Ch. 20-21; February 9th through March 20th
I thought I would mention this again now that it is almost time.
If you are planning on participating in the group discussions, please comment. It’s not required. I won’t turn you away next week if you haven’t ‘signed’ up here. But I’m just curious (anxious) to see what the turn out will be. (Sign up for Speak, sign up for Looking for Alaska, or sign up for both books.)
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Wednesday, April 2nd; First Marking Period; Roughly 3-46
Monday, April 7th; Second Marking Period; Roughly 49-92
Friday, April 11th; Third Marking Period; Roughly 95-137
Wednesday, April 16th; Fourth Marking Period; Roughly 141-198
Monday, April 21rst one hundred and thirty-six days before – one hundred and nine days before (roughly 3-50)
Friday, April 25th one hundred and one days before – the last day (roughly 51-133)
Wednesday, April 30th; the day after – twenty-seven days after (roughly 137-182
Friday, May 2nd; twenty-eight days later – end (roughly 182 – 221 unless you read the author’s note in which case it would be 182-225)
Monday March 3rd: Chapters 1-7
Wednesday March 5th: Chapters 8-13
Friday March 7th: Chapters 14-18
Monday March 10th: Chapters 19-22
Wednesday March 12: Chapters 23- 27
Friday March 14: Chapters 28-30
Monday March 17th: Chapters 31-34
Wednesday March 19th: Chapters 35-37
Friday March 21rst: Chapters 38-41
Monday March 24th: Chapters 42-44
Wednesday March 26th: Chapters 45-47
Friday March 28th: Chapters 48-50
The Masterpiece Theatre production will air Sunday March 30th and Sunday April 6th.
Tags: Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility
I’d be curious to see if there were any who could resist the urge to finish the book after reaching the end of Day 11. It ended in such a way that I just HAD to keep going. I had no choice in the matter.
When our chapter first begins, Elinor is still stunned by Willoughby’s confession. She’s so confused about it–his motivations, his intentions, his actions. Elinor can’t really rationalize Willoughby except to come to the conclusion that he’s utterly and totally selfish and that he’s always thinking of himself above all else. Of course, all people are selfish in one way or another at times. But Willoughby never rests from his. The chapter also sees the arrival of Mrs. Dashwood. In the following chapters, Marianne recovers day by day and is restored (mostly) to her former self. However, there have been some big changes. It’s the sadder-but-wiser woman routine for Marianne who is not repenting of some of her foolish mistakes. I hesitate to call them foolish. It’s not that Marianne was a “bad” person. She just lived in the moment, everything had a freshness and vitality, a passion for her. It wasn’t that her choices were so completely wrong, it’s just that she invested so much of herself without thinking about the future, about the consequences. She was impulsive instead of pensive.
Anyway, point being Marianne is better. And all three Dashwood women are revived and happy. Marianne is eventually informed of Willoughby’s confession. And she’s made her peace with it all. Which is a very good thing. I’d hate for her to spend one more minute of her life thinking about what could have been. Marianne even realizes that IF the two had ended up married, that they would have made each other miserable. He’d never be content without money. And she’d sooner or later have discovered his former liasons. (Who knows he might have kept on having dalliances on the side.)
Chapter 47 ends with someone reporting that Lucy Steele has married Mr. Ferrars.
If you’ve gotten that far, maybe you’ll realize why I just couldn’t stop myself from finishing. So if you’ve not read the final chapters. Stop here.
In these final chapters, Elinor has the best and worst of times. Hearing that Mr. Ferrars is married is so painful to her. The idea of Edward being stuck with Lucy the rest of his life. The thought that he’ll never ever ever be hers so hard to bear. But there is a light at the end of the tunnel. An unexpected visitor brings the best of news.
Edward is there. At the door. In their house. He brings news that Lucy has married, but he’s not the groom. It is his brother, Robert. Elinor can’t take it–she’s overwhelmed and stunned. She flees the room she’s so overcome with emotion.
Chapter 49 sees a full disclosure of the events. It also sees Edward and Elinor together at last. Colonel Brandon hasn’t forgotten Marianne either. He’s still just as much in love with her as he ever was.
Chapter 50 essentially sees happy endings for almost everyone. Edward makes a reconciliation with his mother, he is able to get the living and the parsonage, Elinor and Edward do get married, and Colonel Brandon and Marianne are together as well.
I must say it took a lot of work for both sisters to get their happy endings, but in some ways it was worth it.