Why studying literature can be funny…

in unexpected ways.

I won’t say anything about how we get to broaden our horizons and stuff. Just a small sample

From Emma by Jane Austen

Mr. Elton returned, a very happy man. He had gone away rejected
and mortified–disappointed in a very sanguine hope, after a series
of what appeared to him strong encouragement; and not only losing
the right lady, but finding himself debased to the level of a very
wrong one. He had gone away deeply offended–he came back engaged
to another–and to another as superior, of course, to the first,
as under such circumstances what is gained always is to what is lost.
He came back gay and self-satisfied, eager and busy, caring nothing
for Miss Woodhouse, and defying Miss Smith.

Now this is after Mr. Elton has declared his love for Emma and has been rejected. He goes away mortified. Emma had in fact been trying to get him to like her friend Harriet, a girl of little money and inferior social standing. Mr. Elton goes away and returns engaged to someone else.

Nothing new so far. But let’s read it like this.

He had gone away rejected and mortified. He had gone away deeply offended .He came back gay.

When you read it like this, it suddenly become so much more entertaining. πŸ˜‰

Heheh I leave it to you to find other such entertaining meanings. πŸ˜‰

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12 Responses to “Why studying literature can be funny…”

  1. Kaustav Says:

    He came back gay and self-satisfied. Self satisfaction as in? Hehehe…

  2. neelakantankk Says:

    hehehe ask Jane Austen. πŸ˜‰

  3. Fishy Says:

    Hehehe good one, Neelu!
    Trust you to find that!

  4. neelakantankk Says:

    πŸ˜‰ Of course Trust me to find that. πŸ˜›

  5. parvathy Says:

    gosh !!! poor jane must be turning in her grave πŸ˜›

  6. neelakantankk Says:

    Serves her right for writing such a load of tripe.

  7. Anomitra Says:

    Oh Dear God!

  8. parvathy Says:

    my dear !! u could have read Franky instead !! πŸ˜› Emma ain’t my fave austen but she’s entertaining ..kinda like a bolly movie ..wat say ??

  9. neelakantankk Says:

    Frankenstein is more layered than Emma. And when have Bolly movies been entertaining?

  10. Doubletake, Doublethink Says:

    heh. although i think austen would find ot funny too… she had a sense of humour.

  11. neelakantankk Says:

    Maybe she did. But I don’t think she would appreciate one of her characters making a major lifestyle choice without her consent. πŸ˜‰


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