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Monday, January 15, 2007

Don Miller on Pride and Prejudice

Today a friend was explaining that a woman can impress a man by knowing facts about his favorite sports team. He then asked if there was an equivalent for women — a particular subject men could research that would help them make a good impression. My answer: "Pride and Prejudice."

Here’s a tip I’ve never used: I understand you can learn a great deal about girldom by reading "Pride and Prejudice," and I own a copy, but I have never read it. I tried. It was given to me by a girl with a little note inside that read: "What is in this book is the heart of a woman." I am sure the heart of a woman is pure and lovely, but the first chapter of said heart is hopelessly boring. Nobody dies at all. I keep the book on my shelf because girls come into my room, sit on my couch, and eye the books on the adjacent shelf. "You have a copy of Pride and Prejudice," they exclaim in a gentle sigh and smile. "Yes," I say. "Yes, I do."


–Donald Miller, Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality (2003), p. 140

13 Comments:

At 10:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is one of my most favorite books of ALL TIME! (Blue Like Jazz ... not P&P. I actually haven't ever read P&P.) Don Miller is hilarious.

 
At 10:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is one of my most favorite books of ALL TIME! (Blue Like Jazz ... not P&P. I actually haven't ever read P&P.) Don Miller is hilarious.

 
At 10:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is one of my most favorite books of ALL TIME! (Blue Like Jazz ... not P&P. I actually haven't ever read P&P.) Don Miller is hilarious.

 
At 12:59 PM, Blogger Suzanne said...

Becky,

Love the triple comment. ;) Have you seen the BBC version of P & P? If not, we need to watch it. Then you will understand the meaning of this phrase:

"Will you take a turn about the room with me? It's SO refreshing."

 
At 3:35 PM, Blogger Michael said...

Ha! I have a copy of Pride and Prejudice on my shelf for the women-folk to see. =)

Although if a dude were to ask why I have a "chick book" on my shelf I would naturally deny knowing anything about it or what its doing on my shelf and I would certainly deny having actually read the said "chick book" or knowing anything about an "Elizabeth" or a "Mr Darcy". =)

 
At 3:56 PM, Blogger Suzanne said...

Mike,

You weren't kidding about your fondness for "air quotes" were you. It's enough to make an editor "cringe." :) Do you have any sisters to frame for your having the book? For example:

"Um, oh, I just keep that around for when my sister visits."

 
At 4:22 PM, Blogger Michael said...

Umm, no I don't have a sister. . . Actually, I've just always had girls tell me that its the greatest book and then I read a review of the book by Tim Challies where he said that although the story itself isn't one that would interest many guys, the British banter was high quality and was worth taking a look at the book for that reason. So I figured I'd give it a shot (And I happened to find it at a used book store for cheap).

<--- Obviously I generally try to come up with a better story than that as to why the book's on my shelf. ;)

 
At 4:28 PM, Blogger Suzanne said...

Yes, I suppose telling your boys, "I possess that book for the high quality British banter," would sound a little strange, too. Miller, on the other hand, can say, "A girl gave it to me with this cute note inside," and guys will actually admire him for it.

 
At 5:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I happened to get con'd into watching such a flick, and it wasn't by any of my five sisters (but they have managed to con me into others), but rather five friends who happen to be women of great character.

Needless to say... I liked the movie and wouldn't mind watching it again...

...





...

with women that is.

 
At 5:40 PM, Blogger Suzanne said...

Good man, Frank! My brother and Dad liked it, too. Although, my brother does this weird shrieking thing whenever we talk about it: "Georgeeeeannnnnaaaa!" He likes the name of Mr. Darcy's sister.

 
At 7:16 PM, Blogger Michael said...

Haha, Frank, I like that you add the with women bit at the bottom. ;)

 
At 5:24 PM, Blogger Deanna Regina said...

i made my brother watch little women with me when we were in junior high...i am pleased to say that he is married and bakes a better lemon meragne pie than i do...

 
At 9:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can thank the "iffy" internet connection at work for the triple comment. (See, I can do air quotes too.)

I actually have watched both versions of P&P - they're great! I love Colin Firth.

 

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