My name is Bethany, I'm 17 and I'm from England.
"The purpose of literature is to turn blood into ink" -
T. S. Eliot
Punting and a trip to The Globe
Currently at the University of Cambridge summer school studying English. Had 3 lectures and a seminar today but still having such a lovely time. Punting tonight and then a trip into London tomorrow to see King Lear at The Globe 😊
Some of you have asked to hear my AS level results so just to let you all know:
English Literature: A
English Language: A
Critical Thinking: A
I am very proud of myself and I owe a lot to my teachers at college who are some of the most intelligent people I have met and absolute experts in their subjects. I hope that my results will be enough to apply and at least gain an interview at Cambridge university but I am also aware of the amount of geniuses who apply there with much better marks than me. As for now, I’m excited to start my second year at college and see where things go :D
Thank you for all the supportive messages.
Get my AS results tomorrow, I can already feel the pangs of regret and disappointment
The Dice Man by Luke Rhinehart
This is an absolute must if you’re interested in psychology and how humans function within the confines of every day society. You might even decide to pick up the dice yourself!
"Reader, I married him."
The phraseology of this sentence is beautiful in three ways:
1. It makes you brilliantly aware of just how skilful writers are. If the order or wording of this sentence were changed the impact would be lost and we wouldn’t be discussing it right now. This also shows just how important each sentence is in a book. Each sentence is crafted to mean something to the overall plot otherwise what would be it’s use? Damn these writers are intelligent.
2. This line makes me overwhelming aware of the power of the written word. If you can read this sentence and not feel something you have a heart of stone. Emily Dickinson said “I know nothing in the world that has as much power as a word. Sometimes I write one, and I look at it, until it begins to shine” and for me, this line’s a shiner. I can’t explain the exact feeling reading this gives me - it’s almost a surge of empowerment and also of awe. It’s simple declarative state has such a massive effect on the reader which reinforces the reason I read (the reason a lot of people read I expect) - to feel something…really feel it.
3. You go Jane Eyre! You’ve finally stopped being passive and taken control of your life. YOU married HIM. But what does this say about the structure of marriage. Is it ever equal or is there always one person more powerful in the relationship than the other? One more in love perhaps and therefore weaker?
I could go on, but god it’s a good line. It’s the kind of line you wish you had written and you feel a slight tinge of jealousy that this wasn’t conjured up in your own brain. I have a love/hate relationship with it borne out of awe and jealousy and shame.
Thank you so much :)
Kindles are great when it comes to making reading more accessible BUT you can’t break the spine of a kindle, you can’t feel the pages, and you certainly can’t smell that beautiful book smell (that might just be me being a weirdo but I am an avid book smeller). Kindles are useful but to me you miss vital parts of the sensual experience of reading. But as long as you’re reading that’s the main thing - whether it be on a page or a tablet.
Hope this helps!
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison