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|You scored as Elinor Dashwood. As Marianne’s older sister, Elinor lives at the other end of the emotional spectrum. She rarely reveals her intense feelings and is more concerned with being honest and loyal than having what she deserves. Even though her intentions are pure, she sets herself up for loss by constantly placing other people before her own needs. Overall, Elinor is gentle and rational but is just as capable of radical emotions (despite her withholding them) as her sister.|
My close runner-up was Elizabeth Bennet. Elinor and Elizabeth are probably my favorite Jane Austen characters, for their internal strength, intelligence and self-awareness. Another favorite of mine, Anne Elliott from Persuasion, wasn’t part of the quiz. Funny that Elinor and Anne are very quiet, sometimes painfully reserved characters while Elizabeth is one of the most boisterous and vocal female characters in all of classical literature, as far as I can tell! This week I’ve definitely been in the Elinor/Anne camp – so much intense emotion but feeling that there’s never a good time to share it…thanks to Descartes and Pixie for giving me space and permission to let it out.
I’ve been on a bit of a Jane Austen kick lately, so this came to my attention at an opportune time. She created strong women who were still so feminine, so unmistakably feminine! Can you tell I’m a bit preoccupied with femininity? Well, read my first entry if you need to get caught up.
IKEA has started charging five cents for every bag you use when you check out. I stopped by this morning to get some of my favorite Swedish food and was delighted to see this new policy. Some Americans may not be so pleased, but I’ve long wondered why we haven’t followed the example of the majority of European stores in this way.
I carry cloth bags in my car and use them for shopping as much as possible; and if I forget I try to go without (I’m certainly not perfect about this, but getting better all the time). In most grocery stores I’ll receive a five-cent refund for each bag that I bring with me. This makes for a nice incentive (if you know about it) but in most European markets, you are expected to bring your own bag, and you’ll be charged a small fee if you need to use the store’s paper or plastic.
It’s subtle, the difference between a refund and a fee, but nothing wakes up an American like money. Hopefully, stores that make this switch will wake us up to our ability to make a simple choice every day that results in much less waste in our landfills. I think it’s neat that IKEA would make such a decision even though it may not benefit the “bottom line”.
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