in celebration of obscure polish generalsMarch 4, 2008
Yesterday I enjoyed yet another glorious celebration of Casmir Pulaski Day, a localized and lesser known holiday. In order to truly honor the great Pulaski, my roommates (interesting tangent – when you forget the e in roommates you end up with the interesting phenomena roommats) and I (minus the fabulous Erini who actually had to work on a Monday) went over to a co-worker’s house for an amazing British Jane Austin marathon. Becca baked scones, our co-worker provided tea, preserves and cucumber sandwiches, and after much debating we decided to go in reverse chronological order (Persuasion, Emma, Mansfield Park, Sense & Sensibility, Pride & Prejudice, for you non Jane Austin fans out there).
We gave ourselves a good start, withe Persuasion starting up at 10:30am and in all honesty I didn’t actually think that we would get through all of them. I mean my friends and I have had lots of marathons in the past, but like those runners who peak out on the 13th mile, rarely do we actually complete the task. But yesterday I can proudly* attest to watching all 5 movies, equaling approximately 12 hours of movie watching time (this includes short breaks for bathroom, chatting, and wedding picture show & tell). We did discover some basic themes running through all of the movies (not exactly in-depth lit crit here, but):
– embarrassing/controlling families
– lots of sheep
– walking long distances over hills is a good way for a young woman to demonstrate her free-spiritedness
– good women make good nurses
– selfishness is dull
– weddings! weddings! weddings!
– when in doubt go for the older man/brother figure, they tend to work out better
– the navy is the only form of military service that is at all redeemable, and if you can’t get a navy man, try for the clergy (unless he is a cousin who likes to create compliments, in which case run away, run far away).
*um proudly should be taken to mean something closer to slightly abashed awe