French Ways and Their Meanings, Edith Wharton, Berkshire House. (Originally published in 1919.)
I always enjoy Wharton's writings. Her novels bely her study of human nature. So, not surprisingly, a non-ficition book about the French people and culture would be all about human nature.
This book was written nearly 100 years ago, so certainly some aspects have changed for both cultures. Women in the US routinely work alongside men. My social circle is not limited to other women as would seem to have been the case in America a hundred years ago for married women. I cannot "partner" with my husband in his work as Wharton describes for the French women -- I am not a rocket scientist -- but I can and have influenced decisions he has made within his career. So, either the US has "grown up" a bit as a nation and within its culture, or I have been deeply affected by my French maternal grandmother.
Monday, March 31, 2014
503. Once upon a time, there was a Thomas named Thomas. He was going for a walk. Like Robin Hood. He went out the front door. Like Robin Hood. And he walked on the grass. Like Robin Hood. And he wore sunglasses. Like Mr. Cool Robin Hood.
Thomas walked and he saw a squirrel and a bluebird. And the squirrel ran, and the bluebird flew. Right down the dream.