July Prompt-A Classics Challenge

Lasting Impression
 
Choose one of the classics I've read this year or are currently reading. What is a moment, quote, or character that you feel will stay with you? Years from now, when some of the details have faded, that lasting impression the book has left you with? What is it? Why did it fail to leave an impression?
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Of the classics I've read this year:
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell
Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier
Notes From The Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

The quote that I will remember (maybe not every word, but certainly the attitude.)
 From page 391 in Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell
"Her ways were very quiet; she never spoke much. Anyone who has been oppressed with the weight of a vital secret for years, and much more anyone the character of whose life has been stamped by one event, and that producing sorrow and shame, is naturally reserved. And yet Ruth's silence was not like reserve; it was too gentle and tender for that. It had more the effect of a hush of all loud or disturbing emotions, and out of the deep calm the words that came forth had a beautiful power."

Ruth is a character that had been orphaned into an existence of presumptuous thoughtless people, that never thought she may have needed guidance, teaching, or loving companionship. As a young girl Ruth made decisions based fully on emotion. She was naive of consequences. Yet, when these consequences gave birth to a babe without a father during an era that despised and judged heartlessly. She rose to the hardship of her situation. She loved her child selflessly even though through other people she could have become like them, frigid. I admire her immensely. She consistently chose the welfare of her child above all else, no matter the cost.










Comments

  1. Lovely quote! Gaskell's Ruth is so poignant and the subject shocking for a Victorian audience: the idea of forgiving a young girl who had a baby out of wedlock.

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