Books, movie

Charles Dickens

I’m currently on a Charles Dickens reading binge. He’s AWESOME. Since September 1, I’ve read David Copperfield, Great Expectations, Nicholas Nickleby, and Our Mutual Friend. Right now I’m over halfway through Little Dorrit. So far, all of them have been extremely enjoyable except Great Expectations, which I didn’t care for.

I watched the version of David Copperfield with Maggie Smith as Betsy Trotwood and that kid who plays Harry Potter (which I’ve never actually seen or read) as young David. It leaves out a ton, and the last ten minutes or so are about as compressed as anything could be, but it’s pretty good. Maggie Smith is note-perfect.

Anyway, Dickens is excellent. He’s comic, romantic, tragic, dramatic, and poetic. You can’t do better than read Dickens. I would regret that I started reading him so late, but now I get to enjoy all of his books for the first time. Delightful!

By the way, if any of my three or so readers is familiar with any good movie or TV adaptions of Charles Dickens, I would appreciate it if you would share them in the combox.


I’m bored. Let’s do Daybooks again.

Update: I don’t know how to get rid of the white highlighting. I tried messing with the highlighter thingy, but it doesn’t seem to help.

November Daybook

Date… Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Starting time… 10:19 AM

Mood… content.

Outside my window… cold air, dry leaves, and a blue sky. The way I like it.

I’m thinking… about my visit to UD coming up this weekend.

I’m reading… Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens.

I’m listening to… ‘The Breton & Galician Set’ by Old Blind Dogs. Very pretty.

I’m wearing… purple plaid skirt and navy blue top.

Yesterday, I… finished my Great Books reading (Rousseau–better than Hume but still pretty dreadful) and knitted quite a bit on my mom’s Christmas socks. She picked out the pattern and yarn herself.

I’m excited for… visiting UD this weekend!

I’m sad because… I’m totally not prepared for the Latin exam for the scholarship.

I’m hungry for… nothing.

The song stuck inside my head is… ‘The Legend of Ashitaka’ theme from Princess Mononoke (a brilliant yet disturbing movie–I’m reluctant to recommend it because of its overt paganism, but this track is fascinating and haunting).

I want… to be sure I’m not going to catch stomach flu from my sister just in time to prevent me from visiting UD.

I love… this weather.

I loathe… stomach flu.

This week, my goal is… to do brilliantly on that scholarship exam.


Many young girls pick out the names of their children long before they–I will not say marry, but rather, before they even meet their husband. Indeed, little girls love picking out names; I have observed both in myself and in my younger sisters. 

Some people who give talks on ’emotional chastity’ possibly disapprove of this practice, but unless you are actually planning a nonexistent future family with a particular person, I doubt that it is harmful. It doesn’t really cement any unhealthy emotional attachments unless that situation arises. Anyway, I would like to show you this list of perfect names for Catholic Latin geeks. Ideally, they would have eight sons and eight daughters, in order to show off this list to its fullest perfection, but since this is an unlikely event I am keeping the list down to seven.
All the girls would be named ‘Maria’ and all the boys named ‘Iosephus’ (or ‘Josephus’)*, but here’s the cool part (shamelessly stolen from the customs of ancient Rome): every name has a Latin number attached to it for the sake of distinguishing.

So I present to you:
Maria Prima
Maria Secunda
Maria Tertia
Maria Quarta**
Maria Quinta
Maria Sexta
Maria Septima
Iosephus Primus
Iosephus Secundus
Iosephus Tertius
Iosephus Quartus**
Iosephus Quintus
Iosephus Sextus
Iosephus Septimus
In short, first Mary, second Mary, third Mary, fourth Mary, fifth Mary, sixth Mary, seventh Mary, first Joseph, second Joseph, third Joseph, fourth Joseph, fifth Joseph, sixth Joseph, and seventh Joseph.
Succinct and useful, and avoiding those annoying pitfalls that occur when every child has the same name. If one were to have an eighth child of either gender, one could give a son the name of Iosephus Octavius**, and a daughter the happy name of Maria Octavia, which I actually really like. It has a kind of Russian Empress vibe to it.
* I prefer to use ‘i’ to indicate this sound, since it has no g or j sound whatsoever. Besides, that was how the ancient Romans wrote it.
** I use these forms rather than the actual forms of ‘quaternus, a, um’ and ‘octavus, a, um’ because apparently ‘quarta’ is the indication of ‘fourth’ as a girl’s name in Rome (admittedly, according to Wikipedia, which I doubt is a great source, but whatever–this is a blog post), and when ‘octavus’ was used as a name it always had an ‘i’ in the stem. I simply masculinized ‘quarta’ rather than use the proper form, since Wikipedia did not mention it.