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    OT: The Scarlet Letter

    Just popping in (prematurely) to proclaim how delicious “The Scarlet Letter” is. I’d forgotten how much I enjoyed Hawthorne, though he does take a little getting used to. I’m still in the Custom House, mind you, but the scene, purpose, and characterizations — everything — are so sensibly and insightfully written... It’s like steak and red wine for my brain. I feel like a bona fide grown up.

    Can’t wait to get in to actual, meaningful discussion about this novel. I’m very much looking forward to November 26th! (It is the 26th, right?)
    “If I should fall even a thousand times a day, a thousand times, with peaceful repentance, I will say immediately, Nunc Coepi, ‘Now, I begin.’.”

    ~Venerable Bruno Lanteri
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Wonder Boy 14 ...MP4 + R&S 5 Math
    Joy Bubble 12 ...MP4
    Cowboy 9 ...MP4 + R&S Math 3
    Sassafras 5 ...MPK

    #2
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    Nov. 28. I don't even have my book yet! Hopefully they are in the office waiting for Michelle and me! We've been in North Dakota playing in the snow.

    Tanya

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      #3
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      Anita, I know! I haven't read it since high school and only remembered that an actual scarlet letter was involved...somewhere. Profound remembrance, I know. I started it Monday night and I'm already giggling. I didn't remember it being funny at all but he's got some great one liners.

      "...this is a sanctuary into which womankind, with her tools of magic, the broom and mop, has very infrequent access."
      Festina lentē,
      Jessica P

      2021-2022 • 12th year HSing • 10th year MP
      DS 12th • HLN, Latin online, DE math/sci - Headed to Hillsdale College next fall
      DD 10th • HLN, Latin online
      DD 7th • HLN & Home
      DS 4th • HLN & Home
      Me • Memoria College, this summer: MPOA Fourth Form for Adults

      Teaching TFL and co-directing @
      Highlands Latin Nashville Cottage School, est. 2016

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        Originally posted by pickandgrin View Post
        Anita, I know! I haven't read it since high school and only remembered that an actual scarlet letter was involved...somewhere. Profound remembrance, I know. I started it Monday night and I'm already giggling. I didn't remember it being funny at all but he's got some great one liners.

        "...this is a sanctuary into which womankind, with her tools of magic, the broom and mop, has very infrequent access."
        There are whole paragraphs I could quote in which he builds such an astute insight into characters... it’s a delight to read, it really is. No offense to Prim or anyone who loved, enjoyed or defended her — truly! I’m not trying to pick a fight here — but this is what I meant when I said Prim lacked good characterization. Contrast Prim with Letter: it’s just no contest. I’m still going to have nit picks and such with Letter, I’m sure, so Hawthorne doesn’t totally get a pass. But I can much more easily engage in debate and discussion in Hawthorne’s ground than Prim’s; there’s just so much more to dig.
        “If I should fall even a thousand times a day, a thousand times, with peaceful repentance, I will say immediately, Nunc Coepi, ‘Now, I begin.’.”

        ~Venerable Bruno Lanteri
        ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
        Wonder Boy 14 ...MP4 + R&S 5 Math
        Joy Bubble 12 ...MP4
        Cowboy 9 ...MP4 + R&S Math 3
        Sassafras 5 ...MPK

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          I haven't read it in years and it is an incredibly well written book. A couple of years ago I discovered a collection of Greek myths he had rewritten into a book called Tanglewood Tales. Our library once had it, but I recently noticed that they brought in the digital version instead. Looks like another book I need to add to my shelf. It is sad when my house needs to become the depository for unjustly ousted physical books, even if I have easy access. What would Carnegie think?

          When I am retired from homeschooling I am tempted to volunteer on the library board and make book acquisition suggestions.
          Catherine

          Dd - 13 - 8A
          Dd - 11 - 6A

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            Do it, Catherine!

            My husband is on a similar mission. He’s been buying up books from Easton Press, the Folio Society, used books, rare books, first editions, and on and on and on for years. I have reminded him — too many times to count — “Our house is not replacing the Library at Alexandria, dear.” But I suspect we will eventually turn it into a membership library for classics lovers. We’ll add on a large facility in back of our house where people can come to read. (Where’s Mary? We had a whole discussion about the perfect library on the boards several months ago. There was a show down about whether or not to install a coffee bar... )
            “If I should fall even a thousand times a day, a thousand times, with peaceful repentance, I will say immediately, Nunc Coepi, ‘Now, I begin.’.”

            ~Venerable Bruno Lanteri
            ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
            Wonder Boy 14 ...MP4 + R&S 5 Math
            Joy Bubble 12 ...MP4
            Cowboy 9 ...MP4 + R&S Math 3
            Sassafras 5 ...MPK

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              Re: OT: The Scarlet Letter

              Originally posted by tanya View Post
              Nov. 28. I don't even have my book yet! Hopefully they are in the office waiting for Michelle and me! We've been in North Dakota playing in the snow.

              Tanya
              They are

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                #8
                Re: OT: The Scarlet Letter

                Where did I miss an upcoming discussion of the scarlet letter?
                Dorinda

                Plans for 2021-2022
                15th year homeschooling, 12th year with Memoria Press
                DD College Freshman
                DS 10th grade - Lukeion Latin and Greek, Vita Beata Greek Dramas
                DS 8th grade - Vita Beata Literature
                DS 3rd grade - Vita Beata Literature, Right Start F, First Form Latin

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                  #9
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                  Dorinda,
                  It's the next book in the MP office book club and the homeschoolers are riding the coattails again. Tanya mentioned it on the Miss Prim thread. Discussion begins on November 28!

                  With free shipping for November, everyone can get their copy straight from MP. https://www.memoriapress.com/curricu...et-letter-set/
                  Festina lentē,
                  Jessica P

                  2021-2022 • 12th year HSing • 10th year MP
                  DS 12th • HLN, Latin online, DE math/sci - Headed to Hillsdale College next fall
                  DD 10th • HLN, Latin online
                  DD 7th • HLN & Home
                  DS 4th • HLN & Home
                  Me • Memoria College, this summer: MPOA Fourth Form for Adults

                  Teaching TFL and co-directing @
                  Highlands Latin Nashville Cottage School, est. 2016

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                    #10
                    Re: OT: The Scarlet Letter

                    Originally posted by pickandgrin View Post
                    Dorinda,
                    It's the next book in the MP office book club and the homeschoolers are riding the coattails again. Tanya mentioned it on the Miss Prim thread. Discussion begins on November 28!

                    With free shipping for November, everyone can get their copy straight from MP. https://www.memoriapress.com/curricu...et-letter-set/
                    THERE’S A SET?! (Geeking out, rushing to order discussion guide)
                    “If I should fall even a thousand times a day, a thousand times, with peaceful repentance, I will say immediately, Nunc Coepi, ‘Now, I begin.’.”

                    ~Venerable Bruno Lanteri
                    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
                    Wonder Boy 14 ...MP4 + R&S 5 Math
                    Joy Bubble 12 ...MP4
                    Cowboy 9 ...MP4 + R&S Math 3
                    Sassafras 5 ...MPK

                    Comment


                      #11
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                      How are you all going to finish reading by the 28th? There is no way I can finish reading SL by then. wait. Unless maybe I put down ThePrimeofMissJeanBrodieLastChildintheWoodsFathera ndIwereRanchersTheSchoolsweNeedandWhyweDon'tHaveTh emandtheoldtranslationofKristenamongotherthings. Then, maybe.

                      I need to fix my reading habits.

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                        Originally posted by Maria2 View Post
                        How are you all going to finish reading by the 28th? There is no way I can finish reading SL by then. wait. Unless maybe I put down ThePrimeofMissJeanBrodieLastChildintheWoodsFathera ndIwereRanchersTheSchoolsweNeedandWhyweDon'tHaveTh emandtheoldtranslationofKristenamongotherthings. Then, maybe.

                        I need to fix my reading habits.
                        Eventually the pile will be big enough to use as a substitute night table!
                        Catherine

                        Dd - 13 - 8A
                        Dd - 11 - 6A

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                          #13
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                          Originally posted by Maria2 View Post
                          How are you all going to finish reading by the 28th? There is no way I can finish reading SL by then. wait. Unless maybe I put down ThePrimeofMissJeanBrodieLastChildintheWoodsFathera ndIwereRanchersTheSchoolsweNeedandWhyweDon'tHaveTh emandtheoldtranslationofKristenamongotherthings. Then, maybe.

                          I need to fix my reading habits.
                          This made me snort.

                          I am a shameless book adulterer. I’m constantly cheating on one book with another. Polyamorous might be a good tongue in cheek term for this. That’s why I like book clubs. They force me to be monogamous for at least one month.
                          “If I should fall even a thousand times a day, a thousand times, with peaceful repentance, I will say immediately, Nunc Coepi, ‘Now, I begin.’.”

                          ~Venerable Bruno Lanteri
                          ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
                          Wonder Boy 14 ...MP4 + R&S 5 Math
                          Joy Bubble 12 ...MP4
                          Cowboy 9 ...MP4 + R&S Math 3
                          Sassafras 5 ...MPK

                          Comment


                            #14
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                            Originally posted by Aquila View Post
                            Eventually the pile will be big enough to use as a substitute night table!
                            YES! My husband and I both have beautiful nightstands... buried under towering piles of books. I finally slashed mine into a slightly smaller tower of three. Plus a kindle. I tried just one book but that didn’t last.
                            “If I should fall even a thousand times a day, a thousand times, with peaceful repentance, I will say immediately, Nunc Coepi, ‘Now, I begin.’.”

                            ~Venerable Bruno Lanteri
                            ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
                            Wonder Boy 14 ...MP4 + R&S 5 Math
                            Joy Bubble 12 ...MP4
                            Cowboy 9 ...MP4 + R&S Math 3
                            Sassafras 5 ...MPK

                            Comment


                              #15
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                              Originally posted by Anita View Post
                              Do it, Catherine!

                              My husband is on a similar mission. He’s been buying up books from Easton Press, the Folio Society, used books, rare books, first editions, and on and on and on for years. I have reminded him — too many times to count — “Our house is not replacing the Library at Alexandria, dear.” But I suspect we will eventually turn it into a membership library for classics lovers. We’ll add on a large facility in back of our house where people can come to read. (Where’s Mary? We had a whole discussion about the perfect library on the boards several months ago. There was a show down about whether or not to install a coffee bar... )
                              We may not agree on coffee shops in libraries, but at least we can agree on including some of the physical great books on their shelves. On another thread, a couple people gave me some great suggestions for books. I have been busy ordering. Unfortunately, they are paperback. I enjoy Easton Press, Franklins and Folios. I try and pick them up at book sales. They are so lovely.
                              Catherine

                              Dd - 13 - 8A
                              Dd - 11 - 6A

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