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Hello again! :)
    I just finished A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett and how wonderful it was! I am still reelling from how much I enjoyed it. So much was I enraptured by it that I simply finished it in practically one sitting! Which I don't usually do being a restless sort of girl who typically reads in intervals and then returns later.
     I was very much suprised because previously I had only seen a movie based on it, I believe it was one with Sherley Temple as Sara, but I may be mistaken, and that did so splendid a book no justice!
   I would highly recommend this book, as besides being short it is also pleasant and possessing, or at least it was for me. It was easy to get into and I enjoyed it immensely, although I am sure that is obvious by this point.

I have seen something absolutely lovely! I so want to have it, but I am held back by concern that it may be a foolish fancy and for fear that I may be teased. You see, as I have been reading many classic books, I have heard a many a phrase in reference to a pocket watch and wish #4 on my latest journal post was half devoted to the desire to myself possess one. I have found, through half-hearted searches online, something I find to be quite stupendous.
   It is a handsome silver Devonshire Quartz pocket watch! 
 It comes with a free engraving so I could get my name put on it in pretty cursive and oh how I would enjoy polishing it in a nice handkerchief!
   It is on sale for $50, usually $80 and my birthday is approaching very soon so I was thinking I might ask for it. (Although I had presently allotted that money for another cause, I could always postpone that for a later time). I am concerned though with whether or not it is... correct for a female to have a pocket watch and would desperately like to hear what others of you think. I do so love it, but I don't want to be embarrassed to use it. Especially not after paying that much for it. :(


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Jan. 24th, 2011 04:38 am (UTC)
first, i love what i call book-drool posts:) i always get excited when other people are excited about books:P

that watch is nice! i don't know that it's common for women to have/have had pocket watches, but i think you would be fine to have one:) i don't know where you live, and maybe social norms are a little stricter there (i'm in Canada), but i think most people i know would either think it was really neat, or be indifferent to it:P you could take a couple of days and think about if you really want it (or if it's jsut an impulse), but i don't think you should be embarrassed by having one, just coz you're a girl:)

Also, you could check out antique or second-hand stores before you buy this. I bet you could find a neat pocket watch there for less money:) Albeit, probably not engraved....
Jan. 24th, 2011 04:49 am (UTC)
Thank you for replying, reading what you wrote is sort of a relief to me. In the few minutes waiting to see if I could get a reply, I actually completely decided I wanted it. (Although I'm considering coaxing my mom into taking me to a favorite thrift store of mine to see what they have)If not this one, I do definitely want a pocket watch of some kind.

Haha yes, that is pretty fitting! I am very excited about this book, although I just finished it and am still feeling what I like to call the "afterglow" of a good book.
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Jan. 24th, 2011 02:03 pm (UTC)
Haha! :)
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Jan. 24th, 2011 02:06 pm (UTC)
We should all get one! We could start up a revolution~ I read somewhere that some believe watches and mechanical clocks of most kinds will be extinct soon enough because people have computers, phones, etc. and don't really need them anymore.
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Jan. 24th, 2011 07:15 am (UTC)
"A Little Princess" and "The Secret Garden" are both on my list of books I could read several times in a row (actually, it's the list of books I take when traveling- I just pack two or three and read them as many times as needed).

The film version with Shirley Temple is nice, but it definitely doesn't do the story justice.

And you should absolutely get a pocket watch if you want one. Actually, I'd love one, too, and I'm also a girl, so you're not alone in that *g*
Jan. 24th, 2011 02:11 pm (UTC)
Wow, what a romantic idea! I usually take books with me while traveling, but I don't have a traveling book collection. I shall go about creating one!
wouldn't it be heaps of fun to go on a train ride with such a collection? One of the things I really want to do at some point is go on an old fashioned kind of train with separate carts (such as for sleeping, eating, and socializing). Crouched on a seat reading such books as these, I would feel like someone straight out of a classic! I believe it would be great fun :)
I have always admire pocket watches and it seems many women want one, which makes me happy because I feel I have not such strange taste after all!
Jan. 24th, 2011 10:44 am (UTC)
I love The Secret Garden even more! Definitely read it as well!
Jan. 24th, 2011 02:11 pm (UTC)
With such wonderful recommendations as I have gotten, I definitely will :)
Jan. 24th, 2011 12:09 pm (UTC)
I wear a pocket watch! Several, in fact, although not at the same time. :p But I have a gold-tone, silver-tone and bronze one (sadly, my budget doesn't yet allow me to buy a real gold or silver one). They are a lot of fun and always draw people's attention in a positive way.

Do get one!
Jan. 24th, 2011 02:13 pm (UTC)
How do you like to wear it? One woman told me she wore it around her neck, but I was thinking I might wear it in my skirt pocket. (For I attend a private academy and we must wear uniforms).
Would it be too forward to ask for a picture? If not of you with the watch, just the watch itself? I am so interested in them, you see. I would love to have a real gold or silver watch, but for me too, it is much too expensive.
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Jan. 24th, 2011 12:50 pm (UTC)
A Little Princess is one of the books of my heart, I first read it as a child and I've reread it several times since. The Secret Garden is also wonderful if you haven't read it yet.

And I say buy it! The one oyu linked to looks very nice.
Jan. 24th, 2011 02:15 pm (UTC)
Upon seeing it, I just knew it was what I wanted. I had actually been thinking I wanted a gold one, but now see silver is much better suited to my taste :)
Burnett has such a lovely style of writing, I only wish she had written more books. The only ones I am familar with are "The Secret Garden," "A Little Princess," and "Little Lord Fontleroy."
Jan. 24th, 2011 02:07 pm (UTC)
I love A Little Princess. It was the first chapter book I read after learning English so many years ago, and I still have a copy on my shelf. My favorite screen version is the following as it's so faithful to the book:
Jan. 24th, 2011 02:17 pm (UTC)
Ah yes, I have seen various classics as "mini series" and they tend to be the best kind of movie, sticking closely to the book.
I recently acquired a Warner Brothers release while pillaging one of my favorite thrift stores, I have yet to watch it, but I am hoping it will be good or at least better than the Sherley Temple version which, unfortunately, changed the story a good deal.
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Jan. 24th, 2011 07:26 pm (UTC)
A Little Princess is one of my favorite books. I re-read it more frequently than any other book, just because it's a soothing read for when I'm pissed off/stressed/what have you.

Also, I would be wearing a pocketwatch if I hadn't misplaced mine. (Argh. This happens with all my jewelry and things. I'll wear them for a while, then forget about them completely, until someone brings it up.)
Jan. 26th, 2011 07:51 pm (UTC)
I thought it one of the best books I have ever read! I just love Sara's peculiar character and how she presents herself. She is oddly endearing, though in a very different way than most female heroines.
One thing that made me sad was that her father died... he seemed like such a wonderful man, and I am a sucker for fathers and male characters like that.
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