‘Women Who Read Are Dangerous’ and ‘Les Femmes Qui Lisent Sont De Plus En Plus Dangereuses’ by Stefan Bollmann.
“I can listen no longer in silence. I must speak to you by such means as are within my reach. You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone for ever. I offer myself to you again with a heart even more your own than when you almost broke it, eight years and a half ago. Dare not say that man forgets sooner than woman, that his love has an earlier death. I have loved none but you. Unjust I may have been, weak and resentful I have been, but never inconstant. You alone have brought me to Bath. For you alone, I think and plan. Have you not seen this? Can you fail to have understood my wishes? I had not waited even these ten days, could I have read your feelings, as I think you must have penetrated mine. I can hardly write. I am every instant hearing something which overpowers me. You sink your voice, but I can distinguish the tones of that voice when they would be lost on others. Too good, too excellent creature! You do us justice, indeed. You do believe that there is true attachment and constancy among men. Believe it to be most fervent, most undeviating, in F. W.
I must go, uncertain of my fate; but I shall return hither, or follow your party, as soon as possible. A word, a look, will be enough to decide whether I enter your father’s house this evening or never.” - Persuasion by Jane Austen
Jane Austen wasn’t romantic nor sentimental. But this letter happen to be one of the most touching love letters in literature.
“It’s a clean sweep!”
4. Anne Frank:The Diary of Young Girl, by Anne Frank In 1983 four members of the Alabama State Textbook Committee called for the rejection of this title because it is a “real downer.”
3. Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary Pulled from the Menifree Union School District in California in 2010 when a parent complained that a child came across the term “oral sex.” Officials said the district is forming a committee to consider a permanent classroom ban of the dictionary.
A permanent ban on the dictionary…
Much Ado About Nothing (1993)
All of these words, especially NOVEL!
(I actually explain ‘novel’ to way too many people.)
Shakespeare, Twelfth Night