Do you know the rest of this quote? If not, you should!
“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”
When Grace first attempted Pride and Prejudice she was, for lack of a better word, unimpressed. Okay, maybe REVOLTED is a better word. She complained that it was about parties and boys, and it was boring. I let her stop–she did have a point that reading about parties and boys seems very silly from the point of view of a 21st century girl who likes sports and math.
We’re going back to Pride and Prejudice this year, and both girls are diving into it. As kids get older, it is appropriate to ask them to use their powerful imaginations to actually step into the situations they are reading about. Ask them to actually put themselves into the characters’ settings and mindsets. What if you were Lizzie Bennett and you just heard the proud Mr. Darcy totally diss you when he thought you weren’t listening? That’s actually a fun topic for a 13 year old girl!