In "You've Got Mail" there's a really cute line where Kathleen Kelly describes why she likes reading Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. "I get lost in the language, words like 'Thither. Mischance. Felicity...'"
I'm in the process of reading the unabridged The Count of Monte Cristo and am finding it simply fantastic and indulging. It is so beatifully written and has such a descriptive vocabulary. I'm currently on page 263, which is only 17% through its over 1400 pages, but so far I've made a list of words that have made me smile as I came accross them--it's the concept of being able to use one perfectly appropriate word instead of using a complicating and less-descriptive combination of 2 or more words. Whats even more is that the author (Alexandre Dumas) uses these words, which are not obscure or obfuscating, in abstract ways and in exciting conjugations and contexts that provide an even richer meaning to the passage. I don't feel like I need to have a dictionary next to me while I read, and yet I find the writing so beautiful and rich. This is what it's like to read fantastic literature, and this is why it's a classic!
augury: an event that is experienced as indicating important things to come
physiognomy: the face or countenance, esp. when considered as an index to the character
sepulchral: suited to or suggestive of a grave or burial
munificence: liberality in bestowing gifts; extremely liberal and generous of spirit
misanthropy: hatred, dislike, or distrust of humankind
celerity: Swiftness of action or motion; speed
imeptuosity: rash impulsiveness
I'm sure I'll come across more fantastic words like these. I just wish I could keep reading all day!
1 year ago