Hello, everyone! Welcome to Thursday Quotables! This weekly feature is hosted by Bookshelf Fantasies. Every week we highlight a great quote, line, or passage discovered during your reading each week.
As much as I love reading the classics, I equally love reading their retellings. This is one such case. Edmund Bertram's Diary (2007) by Amanda Grange gives us the story of Mansfield Park through the eyes of the gentleman, Edmund Bertram. I'll share with a passage in which Edmund encounters for the first time Mary Crawford. I found the description lovely.
I scarcely know what I am writing, for I have had such a jolt to my feelings that I am quite dazed. I returned from estate business this afternoon to find a beautiful young woman in the drawing room. I caught a glimpse of her profile first and felt my pulse quicken, and when she turned her face towards mine, the hope flashed through my mind that Tom would not care for her after all, for she was the most charming young woman I had ever seen. She had bright. dark eyes and dark hair, with a clear brown complexion and a smiling mouth, whilst her figure was small and dainty. She was a complete contrast to Maria and Julia, whose tall fairness, as they sat next to her, set off her dark loveliness like two willowy reeds setting off a forest pool.
Have you read Edmund Bertram's Diary? Which is your favourite fan fiction?