When a book is printed in an offset printing machine, see Offset printing - Wikipedia then they use big sheets of paper which come in different formats depending on where the book was printed Paper size - Wikipedia First the pages are printed on one side and then on the other side. In your example, it seems that about 48 pages are missing. These could have been printed on one large sheet of paper 24 pages on one side and 24 pages on the reverse After printing the larges sheets of paper are folded, then the number of folded sheets of paper are stacked to make one book. These sheets are then glued and bound with a cover before they are cut. What happened in your case was that the sequence of the folded sheets got mixed up.Another particularity, missing pages from 145 to 192, we jump directly to 193, series "J'ai Lu" Editions française, on the other hand, pages 193 to 240 are printed twice... Bizarre...
Wondering why the author would write the last line as she did, I found an interview with her, on her webpage, see also this, where she explains the process of writing, as it has developed for her. Somewhere she reflects on romance as a genre in relation to feminism and humanism. I transcribed the following, which I think is true for all the of the books from the list, I have read so far:That one encounter with his duchess explained the mysterious looks passing between Noah’s sisters and their husbands, and probably a few mysteries more profound than that.
Like civilization, happiness on earth, and faith in a hereafter.
The above connects the hero and heroine to civilization and happiness, and maybe also to a faith in the hereafter, as the concept of being "the best people they can be" extends into the realm of ethical virtues and abstract ideas.36:25-37:33
l'll probably get in trouble for saying this, but
I do not regard romance as centrally feminist, I regard it as humanist. and it is a reflection on our unbalanced society that in order to achieve a humanist end we must be feminist. What do I mean by that: At the end of a romance novel, the hero has grown and changed, the heroine has grown and changed. Neither one of them has what they wanted at the beginning of the book, on the terms that they wanted it. They are different people. They are different people because they have found the courage to enter into an intimate relationship on loving terms, and now there is something greater than the sum of the parts. There is the loving committed relationship, and it changes them, and it empowers them into being the best people they can be. That's about both of them, that's about everybody giving ground, that's about everybody growing together. It isn't just about women.
All the protagonists go through lots of suffering. So it's not either suffering or pleasure, but whether the suffering results in a sad ending or happy ending.
I totally understand the concepts of choosing our suffering and our destiny. Both of your insights are succinct and well said. However, my nagging ache about the happy endings is similar to the awareness of the negative outcomes of people with ‘Disneyitis.’ I cannot say what others experience but for the life of me I cannot get my forest critters to come and help with any of my chores. It could be my voice since they tend to run away when I speak.I agree with hlat. Suffering is quite a big component. And yes, it's very difficult to foresee a "happy ending", given how things are in the world, but perhaps the point is not that, but to choose the way we pay, and what suffering we need in order to grow. That is also present in the novels. From that, something beautiful can be born, even if right now it is difficult to imagine. I suggest that you read this post for more on the possible outcomes: 2020 US Election - Let The Games Begin!
Hey Rolaae, just to clarify, this thread isn't about romantic fiction in general. The books we are reading in this project are listed here:
Romance Novel List
It has been advised in this thread not to branch out to other authors, or even different books by the same authors, as not all historical fiction is the same. Even the same authors have written books of varying quality.
Among many historical romance books Laura has read she specifically selected the ones in the spreadsheet for us. Links to audio/digital versions are provided, but if you can find those titles in thrift stores - even better
I wouldn't disagree with that. One could say that while the moviegoer is a consumer, the movie industry and what it represents often consumes the moviegoer. What you write, to me implies the idea of resisting the ""Prince Charming" illusion". While I do not know if it is part of therapy, one could also consider balancing the idea of a "Prince Charming" with knowledge rather than perhaps ridicule or discredit it completely.In my many consultations with lonely single female patients we all agreed that the ‘Prince Charming’ illusion, thanks to Disney, was a major obstacle to their acceptance of the many failures of male romantic inadequacies.
I definitely think there is more to do than rely on reading Regency romance novels, even as I occasionally am totally absorbed and lose sleep over a book, and still suspect I need to read many more. There are other books to read too even if at a slightly reduced pace, there is Sott, there are threads on the forum with great perspectives and commentary, there are shows like:I just am wandering is there more that I must do to prepare for the total awakening of all of my selves.
To further clarify my anxiety of the happy-ever-after’s, I sense that I will be confronting my infinite (good/bad/ugly) self in the near future. I am not sure that I will be able to withstand the horror of the self judgement of the immense ugliness of all my demons. Knowing that I have to be aware as well as indifferent to my inner ‘petty tyrants’ I am constantly digging into my hidden self to see this darkness before it is totally exposed. I just don’t sense the love stories with happy endings are the only way to deal with this coming event. I do recognize that the many character and their flaw have expose my demons but how to own them is the issue. My personal experience with this process is much more painful and humiliating and required more blood/sweat/tears without happy endings. Just more of the same-o same-o.
I hope this helps with understand of my anxiety but by no means is this a criticism of the project. I am learning a lot and enjoying the pleasant diversion. I just am wandering is there more that I must do to prepare for the total awakening of all of my selves.
"When the magnetic centre finally takes shape, it establishes an undisputed authority over the three centres of the Personality. [...] The is how the magnetic centre's growth is perfected and how its development commences. The latter is a function of conscious efforts to develop the lower centres up to their limits. The further this development is continued, the more the magnetic centre absorbs the lower emotional centre, at the same time identifying itself more and more with the higher emotional centre. Once the three lower centres are fully developed and equilibriated, the magnetic centre once and for all identifies itself with the higher emotional centre, dragging with it the lower emotional centre which it finally absorbs. From now on the lower emotional centre, with the magnetic centre, will form an integral part of the higher emotional centre."
Q: Does the recharging of the souled being come from a similar pool, only maybe the "human" pool?
A: No - it recharges from the so-called sexual centre which is a higher centre of creative energy. During sleep, the emotional centre, not being blocked by the lower intellectual centre and the moving centre, transduces energy from the sexual centre. It is also the time during which the higher emotional and intellectual centres can rest from the "drain" of the lower centres' interactions with those pesky organic portals so much loved by the lower centres. This respite alone is sufficient to make a difference. But, more than that, the energy of the sexual centre is also more available to the other higher centres.
Q: (L) Well, the next logical question was: where does the so-called "sexual centre" get ITS energy?
A: The sexual center is in direct contact with 7th density in its "feminine" creative thought of "Thou, I Love". The "outbreath" of "God" in the relief of constriction. Pulsation. Unstable Gravity Waves.
You are correct in how to balance the "Prince Charming" idea with the reality of our existence but my experience has shown me that it can also be a open door for unrealistic expectations. This is the central point of my self awareness while reading these stories. Will I be able to avoid unrealistic expectations? I am just putting this out there since I cannot say with any certainty one way or another.I wouldn't disagree with that. One could say that while the moviegoer is a consumer, the movie industry and what it represents often consumes the moviegoer. What you write, to me implies the idea of resisting the ""Prince Charming" illusion". While I do not know if it is part of therapy, one could also consider balancing the idea of a "Prince Charming" with knowledge rather than perhaps ridicule or discredit it completely.
'this coming event'= My personal confrontation with my infinite-self when the realm border crossing arrives. The way I understand this is we will be come instantly aware of our total existence including our hidden demons. This confrontation with our ugly dark-self can be too terrifying if not prepared for it. I cannot say I am ready, I only hope I have done enough work to come through this event sane and stable.I'm curious what you mean above by 'this coming event'? Do you mean the handful of cataclysms that the C's have warned us about - a real plague, earthquakes, volcanoes, the horrors of war (either within America or elsewhere), an ice age, with a comet or comets scattered here or there?
Hello Gabriela, I think there is a list somewhere in this thread of different books and authors.I just finished Jennifer Ashley’s “La locura de Lord Ian Mackenzie” and I don’t know how but every time I was feeling anxious, reading it made me feel peace inside and kind of redirected my emotions towards a more positive place. Also it enhanced my love capacity (this is weird) but I’m a little robot when it comes to romance. The story keeps you in a mystery about Ian and sometimes I didn’t understand Beth’s determination to love him even when he was distant or weird. I was like “c’mon Beth there’s plenty of fish in the sea” but she got involved with him real quick and kept going. She loved him even though he said to her he didn’t love. I guess she saw through the layers and saw the real Ian that she loved and she went for it no matter what they say.
I really enjoyed the reading and I will continue with Mary Balogh’s “Un romance Irresistible”.