26 February 2010

Austen Liturgical Allegory

If today's faithful Catholic is represented by Elizabeth Bennet, bright, hopeful and coming of age, then the liturgical forms would have to be represented by Mr. Darcy and Mr. Wickham.

Mr. Wickham is immediately accessible, loves to talk--especially about how bad ol' Darcy is-- has some initial minor flash but soon proves to be tedious and unreliable.

Mr. Darcy at first glance looks stuffy and condescending, but proves over time to be noble, true, of high quality and charitable.

The ordinary and the extraordinary.

Yes, I actually thought this, and then typed it, and therefore I am a loser.

P.S. Mrs. Bennet would represent Marek Bozek. Just sayin'.


Jane Chantal said...

Quite brilliant, Timman! Jane Austen (who is undoubtedly a Catholic by now :-) would be proud of you!

Anonymous said...

We would say that Mrs. Bennett is just a concerned mother looking out for the well being of her very beautiful daughters and believe Mr. Bozek would be better represented by a certain Mr. Collins.

p.s. We would definitely disagree that you are a loser--you are just a gentleman of good taste... and fortune! Just ask Sharon.

A fellow Pride and Prejudice Philosopher

Anonymous said...

And then, what about Mr. Bennet?

Anonymous said...

Maybe He would be 'the Wanderer' ---He had some things right>

Anonymous said...

You need a "like" button like facebook.

Mrs. Patterson

thetimman said...

OK, I'll buy into Collins as Bozek. I was going for the whine, but Collins does have one big thing in common with old Marek-- neither is Catholic.

Jeff Geerling said...

I'm just glad you used a shot from the BBC version of the movie (the BEST version ever), and not the completely and utterly ridiculous excuse for a movie that was the Kiera Knightley edition.

X said...

I'm thinking more like "gay loser."

thetimman said...

I would have been disappointed had not X weighed in.

Of course Austen is not the manly man that Oscar Wilde is.

X said...

Look, I like my beer cold, my steaks rare and my homosexuals FLAMING!

Tragically Unhip Mom said...

Dear "X" -

Your commentary is childish. Perhaps you need to grow up and find something a bit more productive to do with your free time?

Just sayin'

David Werling said...

My favorite novel... yes, I'm secure enough in my masculinity to admit it.

This is one of the most fitting analogies ever!

Great post!

Athelstane said...

Hello Timman,

1. You will always find a way to my heart with a well executed Austen analogy. And I share Mt. Geerling's sentiment that if you are going to use a screen capture from a filmed version, you might as well go with the 1995 BBC version. (The Knightley version actually had certain virtues...but not enough to save it).

2. Another thing about Wickham: not only is he tedious and unreliable, but also highly self-centered, solipsistic. This is an orientation that the OF, alas, tends to encourage. Which is not to say there have never been solipsists who worship in the EF.

3. Mr. Collins worshiped power and the material above all. His idol was Lady Catherine and other similarly situated members of the aristocracy; for today's liberal Catholics, the idols whose approval is sought are, more subtly, other members of the urban chattering classes. But I hate to push the analogy to Bozek any further, since Collins would never have had the brazenness to defy any hierarchy, even one conflicting with his idols. Certainly not if it jeopardized his material position.

deborahdecesare said...

Dear Mr. X,

Men are starting to read Austen now and are learning more about women then any senseless copy of Maxim/

Try it, you might be surprised that Austen's insights into human nature have a lesson to teach all of us 21st C know-it-alls.

Oh, and if you are single and looking Austen could teach you how to get a woman instead of scaring them away.

If you're married, she'll certainly teach you how to BE a Mr. Darcy instead of losing your wife to one.


Anonymous said...

Definitely the best thing I've read today!

X said...

"Dear "X" -

Your commentary is childish."

Oh yeah, well you're ugly.

Latinmassgirl said...

The time when ladies and gentlemen courted and waited until marriage to be together is gone. That is part of the appeal of Jane's novel.

It is time to bring back true ladies and gentlemen, along with courtship and good old fashioned manners.

Good Catholic families just might save the day.

Anonymous said...

If I understand you correctly, you are suggesting that the two forms/rites of the one Mass can be characterized respectively by Wickham and Darcy.

Fr. Corapi once spoke of dissent...mentioning that it cuts BOTH ways...and neither is faithful.