Pride and Prejudice: Fish Drawings

Great Novel, Great Novelist

What’s the best way to learn something?

Oh, there are tons of ideas about this.

I’m not worried about all the different theories.  I’m not even going to talk about a theory that covers all those theories.

Today I’m going to introduce a method of studying one thing, P&P, and doing it the way one of the greatest naturalists off all time taught his students about the process of learning.

He did it using fish.  You can read the wonderful letter that his pupil wrote in Scientific American, shortly after the great man died.  Click here: Scudder on Agassiz

Guess what?  We can do the same thing with Jane’s P&P.  In fact, I am doing the same thing.  In a literary sense.

Going through the story, page by page, paragraph by paragraph, line by line, word by word, story element by story element, I’m seeing things I never saw before.

Best yet, taking applying her story to my own is a way of testing the strength of her story.  That’s something I never would have seen if I’d only been studying it the “old fashioned way.”  By writing a story based on hers, I’ve been able to look deeper into her mind.

And what a mind.  This is quite a story, by any stretch.  And if you have the time, you will be well rewarded to study her story as well as Scudder studied his.

Except his was a fish.  Jane serves a much tastier dish.



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