Sunday, December 23, 2007

Outside Reading 5 Post B

In this section of the book her father is having yet another problem, and having trouble with his money. He was having trouble managing it, and spending it unwisely. One of the main issues that this arose from was that when he received the property Cawdor, he didn’t know how to manage its expenses, and was a huge amount of responsibility he wasn’t ready for. A solution that helped their money troubles was that they opened parts of the castle Cawdor to the public, and had daily tours in the castle. This was covering the expenses for the castle. Many new things were added to the castle so when people were visiting the castle was still secured. They put in many new cameras, and put signs around the property to explain certain parts of the property. This all happened while Liza was still at boarding school, but her parents kept her informed during this whole process and when she got home she got to experience it herself. While she was in Cawdor during her breaks when the tours were open people would always ask her questions, and was forced to wear traditional Scottish outfits during her stay. In the summers they weren’t at Cawdor very much because they were traveling a lot so they didn’t have to deal with the tourists. They would attend these lavish parties, and they Liza would wear ball gowns and have to use dance cards. Liza wasn’t that fond of these types of parties but still danced with as many boys as she could to please her parents.

Outside Reading 5 Post A

profligacy: shameless, reckless(200)
cognitive: perception, knowledgeable(232)

"I'm going to chop you in half,' he hissed. Thatch had helped him learn how to handle knives, but an unarmed wife was clearly not quite the target the aikido master had intended." (231)

This quote is significant because it is showing the violence going on in the house between the parents, and how the family is putting up with it and not doing anything about it. The father pushes them, and does things to them that would normally be unforgivable, but they can't seem to leave him.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Outside Reading 4 Post B

Personal Reaction:During this section of reading they were a couple of quotes that really caught my attention and makes me think more about this topic even though today you wouldn’t think it exists. “My father, for instance, always arranged to fly separately from Colin, but not from us. I vaguely understood that Colin was the ‘heir’, but it was wholly abstract concept.”(180) This quote from the book is referencing about how she and her sisters could not become a Thane of Cawdor and that their births were almost not that important in terms of nobility. The first born male was the one who was to become the next Thane, and the families would keep having children till they had a boy. There was another quote she talks about her fathers will. “A small nest egg had been set aside for the three girls, which went towards our education and a future roof over our heads, but otherwise we were excluded from his will.”(182) This is showing woman leaving in a patriarchal society, which we don’t see today, but still exists within some countries royalty. They don’t even get an equal amount of their father’s will because they are girls. It seems unfair, and women are not lower than men in any way. Her father would talk to her about marrying a man of status and money, and that would be considered a successful life for her. She never did listen to her father about that, even at a young age she knew she could do better and he was wrong. So in this section woman’s rights are implied and it shows the life of woman and how they are treated in a royal family.

Outside Reading 4 Post A

dexterity:(165) skill in using hands or body:agility
volatile:(175) dissolving or evaporating rapidly

Figurative Language:
"I was intrigued by this heavy-lidded creature, wreathed in smoke and propped up in snowy sheets like a wrinkled dijnn."(171)
This is an example of a simile because compares to unlike object using the word like.

"It was tricky work, like trying to juggle souffles in front of a hostile audience."(177)
This is an example of a simile because compares to unlike objects using the word like.

"If you're not careful you'll be shacked up with a diddicoy and a brood of dribbling cretins."(185)
This is using imagery because its using imagination and its not going to happen.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Outside Reading 3 Post B

Personal Reaction:
In this section on the book she talks about family vacations her family use to take to visit her grandparents when they are still living. This memory was on the more memorable and better memories. The whole family was together and they would get all packed in the car together, and play road kill counting games (106). She described her visits to her grandparents, where their nursery contained toys that her father had played with. She described her grandfather Jack as not the typical grandpa. When you think of grandpa’s you think of going fishing, playing together, and sharing meals together. Jack didn’t like to talk and learn about his grandchildren, the only time he ever said something to them was when they were doing something wrong. He was Scottish so he was always a kilt, with showy socks and a tweed jacket. (111) While she and her sister were at boarding school they received the surprising news that their grandfather died of a heart attack. They found out her father had become the next Thane in the Cawdor estate and they flew home for the funeral. They were home for the first time in a while, since the holidays. There were all sorts of relatives there, ones that had seen before or in a while. She had looked upon her father dealing with this grief in a different now that she was older saying that it must had been hard for him to receive this new title and dealing with his own father’s death.(126) This is what lead to the drinking problem, and of her father’s own personal problems that he unfortunately took out on his family sometimes. This was a hard time for their family, and this is where the start of her father’s problems began.

Outside Reading 3 Post A

flamboyant:adj, bold, brilliant, showy(110)
curmudgeon: noun: bad tempered, difficult person(134)

"He could do very little socially unless he had a stiff drink first, but it never just one, and as four went to five and to six, the alcohol in his system magnified rather than smoothed his moods."(134)

This quote is describing her father's drinking problem when she was a child. In the pages before she talks about the family history of being heavy drinkers. This quote is significant because it describes the type of atmosphere she lived in, and how affected her childhood, and how she was raised.