often times i wonder if we demand too much of ourselves these days, as women. i don’t know about you, but i find myself “wanting it all” and wondering if this is really possible. sometimes i dream of living in an earlier, simpler era… that is until this past weekend. the girls in my family were watching pride & prejudice (the short version). the following conversation really struck a chord this time around:
“Oh! certainly,” cried his faithful assistant, “no one can be really esteemed accomplished, who does not greatly surpass what is usually met with. A woman must have a thorough knowledge of music, singing, drawing, dancing, and the modern languages, to deserve the word; and besides all this, she must possess a certain something in her air and manner of walking, the tone of her voice, her address and expressions, or the word will be but half deserved.”
“All this she must possess,” added Darcy, “and to all this she must yet add something more substantial, in the improvement of her mind by extensive reading.”
“I am no longer surprised at your knowing only six accomplished women. I rather wonder now at your knowing any.”
i guess i really shouldn’t be worried. compared to those ladies, i don’t have much to live up too! too be honest, i feel pretty accomplished if i’m dressed before noon and actually cook dinner. so what qualities do you think an accomplished woman might possess today?