so scandalous

anonymous asked:

Basic question, but I've always wondered! We know Lizzie has a reputation as a reader, but what exactly would she have been reading? (and studious Mary for that matter!) I assume not predominantly novels (given they're seen as as 'light') but what would have been considered suitable for intelligent women? I guess some subjects (like classical languages, medicine or mathematics) would have been considered for male learning only, so what would have made a woman well-read, but not scandalously so?

Does she have a reputation as a reader? Miss Bingley accuses her of being a great reader who takes pleasure in nothing else, and Elizabeth is swift to deny both charges. She likes her walks and dances and other various amusements, and certainly doesn’t seem to devote as much time as Mary does to deep books and Improving Reading. Novels wouldn’t have been an unlikely source of reading-material for Elizabeth, as Austen defends them in Northanger Abbey via Henry Tilney, and allows Harriet and Robert Martin to bond over novels in a fashion which is not meant to mock or belittle them, but to illustrate the sweet simplicity of their romance.

Setting Elizabeth and whether/what she reading in particular aside, feminine education at the time was wide-ranging when it came to the ‘harder’ subjects, beyond accomplishments such as music and art. Classical languages, medicine, and complex mathematics (beyond arithmetic for housekeeping purposes,) would be unlikely–though of course modern-day authors cannot always help themselves and WILL write an 18th century heroine who is well-versed in such things. Which is not to say genteel lady autodidacts did not exist–but they would likely have been uncommon across much of their society, and not likely to have advertised such skills except perhaps letting it be known among close friends.

Languages such as Italian, French, and German were popularly taught as an accomplishment–usually to give cosmopolitan, well-traveled airs, as well as prompting a greater understanding of foreign music and art from the Continent. French was still a fashionable language, despite the wars, and often the lingua franca of the Englightenment, and the language of some royal courts, as in Russia. Basic geography might also be taught by a governess, though a woman’s understanding of it was likely meant more for practical and historical purposes rather than encouraging any commentary on political matters and foreign policy.

For a well-read genteel woman (whether this includes Elizabeth Bennet or not,) the likeliest ‘heavy reading’ would probably be collections of essays on various subjects–perhaps edging into politics and philosophy, but again, this would not be common. Fordyce’s Sermons is referenced as a very dry moral tract, but other more secular writings would have been popular, too, as well as poetry and novels.

ziamspaynus  asked:

THAT PREVIEW THO. so scandalous my jaw dropped in a funny way when it was harry that entered 😂 i love you. also im excited for the jealous ziam 😈

ALSO IM HAPPY HARRY IS GETTING SOME FINALLY 👅 poor guy has been ditched by zayn for liam so many times

CHANNON LMAOOO!! thank you babe i love you!! poor harry deserves some good dicking down he’s been supporting zayn for so long he deserves some lol and tbh i’m not sure how many people are into the whole jealousy/possessive thing but I’m glad you’re excited ILY  ❤️❤️❤️

Pidge: hey Keith can I borrow your phone?

Keith: sure just a sec

Keith: 

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How can I help you? Do you see those doors, Agent Spaulding? I’m the last person to go through those doors tonight. I want this place secure. Shut the elevators down. Close the banks across the street. Clear the floor. Only essential personnel. No campaign staff, no press, no family, no local police, no florists, no orderlies, no administrators. I want to see only doctors and nurses, agents, me, and you. That’s it. I want everyone else off this floor. And let’s toss a net on all cell service, WiFi, land lines and cable. No communications in or out. We are an island until I say otherwise. Is that clear?

I’m not in love with her. You know that. You felt that. The truth of the matter is that I’ll never love anyone as much as I love you. You have never chosen me, we’ve done horrible things to one another, but for some reason, I still end up here. In front of you, looking at you, wanting you, in love with you.
—  Jake Ballard, Scandal