Saturday, November 21

The Perfect Man

One of the great things about reading great literature is that something different will jump off the page every time the same text is read.

I was recently reading Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility for the 1,495th time when I noticed that in chapter IV, Elinor gives us the description of the perfect man.

"... his mind is well informed, his enjoyment of books exceedingly great,
his imagination lively, his observation just and correct, and his taste
delicate and pure. His abilities in every respect improve as much upon
acquaintance as his manners and person. At first sight, his address is certainly
not striking; and his person can hardly be called handsome, till the expression
of his eyes, which are uncommonly good, and the general sweetness of his
countenance, is perceived."

Given this description, its no wonder I'm still single. The perfect man is exceedingly hard to spot in a crowd. If you are looking for tall, boisterous and handsome I suppose you'll find your match a lot faster.

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