Do you lend your books? Are any out on loan right now? Do you have any that have been loaned to you? Do you put a time limit on these? Do you think people should make an effort to read the loaned book quickly?I loan books. They disappear. They never get returned or it takes years for them to be back. I currently have two books that would have to be shipped sooner or later. Former college friends who lent them have moved back to home country. Expat life.
Back to those books on loan - I'm learning to be firm on having them returned. When I fly home I take time to do a little inventory of my books, especially those of the kiddo as they have some real price tags, and I am hearing reports of Neighbor A and B borrowing this book and that without any talk of when to return them. I also encourage my mother to keep track of her own books. She lends them and is rather lenient with those who don't return them.
Time limit is a good idea especially with books that one wants to keep. I think people should take advantage of the books they borrow by reading them before the return date is up.
Thursday 13: Random words from Pride and Prejudice
Two hundred years! How grand is that? Happy anniversary P&P!
1. celerity - a rate that is rapid
2. importune - to beg
3. disengage - release from something that holds fast, connects or disentangles
"Then taking the disengaged arm of Mr. Darcy, she left Elizabeth to walk by herself."
4. iniquitous - characterized by iniquity; wicked because it is believed to be a sin
"It certainly is a most iniquitous affair," said Mr. Bennet, "and nothing can clear Mr. Collins from the guilt of inheriting Longbourn."
5. asperity - harshness of manner
* I remember this in the film when Mrs Bennet assured Mr Collins that "we are able to keep a cook."
6. supercilious - having or showing arrogant superiority to and disdain of those one views as unworthy
"For, though elated by his rank, it did not render him supercilious; on the contrary, he was all attention to everybody."
7. abominable - unequivocally detestable
8. expostulation - exclamation of protest or remonstrance or reproof
9. disconcert - cause to lose one's composure.
"Miss Bingley warmly resented the indignity he had received, in an expostulation with her brother for talking such nonsense."
* This must be when Mr Darcy and Mr Bingley came suddenly to Longbourn. Mrs Bennet was disconcerted.
10. affront - a deliberately offensive act or something producing the effect of deliberate disrespect
"There was a mixture of sweetness and archness in her manner which made it difficult for her to affront anybody; and Darcy had never been so bewitched by any woman..."
11. threadbare - having the nap worn away so that the threads show through
"... Mary had some extracts to admire, and some new observations of threadbare morality to listen to."
12. interpose - introduce
"... without having paid yourself and Mr. Bennet the compliment of requesting you to interpose your..."
13. upbraid - express criticism towards
"You will not thank me for detaining you from the bewitching converse of that young lady, whose bright eyes are also upbraiding me."