Long Dresses and Candlesticks
'Pride and Prejudice' was watched this afternoon,
for the umpteenth time at our house...
Teenage girls inhabit our home, not only our two,
and they all seem to love
Jane Austen and Louisa May Alcott...
and as I've watched them, watching
Jane and Elizabeth, and the March girls...
it occurs to me that they seem to desire
the simplicity these authors offer...
the language and style
the modesty, courtships, and romance
the long walks, the ice skating on frozen ponds,
the carriage rides, the letter writing,
the feathers dipped in ink...
and that if, given a choice,
of the distractions of this world
or the world of Jo and Meg,
they might just choose the latter...