New Year’s Literary Resolutions

The New Year approaches and many people are attempting to choose their New Year’s resolutions.  To help with this important choice, I have compiled a list of advice about resolutions from several British Literary Greats.  Choose to implement this advice with sense and sensibility, or dismiss them as merely sound and fury, signifying nothing at your own peril.

 

British Literary Greats’ Guide to New Year’s Resolutions:

1. Do not: make resolutions based on anything said by weird sisters, or any trio of strange females.

2. Do not: make resolutions based on what you heard from the ghost of a family member.

3. Do: make resolutions based on what you heard from ghosts of time periods.

4. Do not: make resolutions about avoiding the opposite sex. It never works out.

5. Do: make resolutions based on telepathic communications from exes.

6. Do: make your resolutions without reference to any person wholly unconnected with you, particularly if they are cantankerous old women who have not been accustomed to language such as yours.

7. Do not: make resolutions based on one dance request.

8. Do: make resolutions based on letters from scorned lovers.

9. Do not: resolve to keep trophies from Dark Lords, even when they are vanquished.

10. Do not: make resolutions based on Turkish Delight.

 

15 points for every author you can name.  25 points for every title and author.  50 points for any new literary advice.

 

Enjoy your holidays and may the new year bring you good things, whether your resolution helps or hinders you.

Downton Abbey 3×1

Thoughts (and spoilers) in reaction to yon episode:

 

-When is this wedding we’ve heard so much about??  They keep talking about it and not mentioning how far into the future it is, leaving me in doubt of whether to expect it in this episode, for at least two thirds of this!  I was sitting there asking, “Tomorrow?” like three times before they actually admitted the big day was “tomorrow.”

-Why is Sybil not being more diplomatic?  As the sweet one constantly trying to reconcile her sisters, one would think she’d be more proactive in the Bronson-Downton drama.

-Edith’s obvious go-getter attitude is kindof adorable now.  Or maybe I choose to find it so as otherwise it’d be hard to take.  Her kiss was brazen!  Especially in front of her dad.

-I love the ‘too tall’ ribbing!  As the usual recipient of ‘short person’ jokes, I find it highly refreshing!

-Since when does Daisy talk like that?  I feel like she’s been using word of the day toilet paper since last season.

-Why are we right back to where we started with Matthew and Mosely?

-Way to support your man when he’s down, Cora.  ‘Wasn’t that foolish?”  Of course it was, but that’s hardly the way to go about things now.

-Bates, you have to share a room with this guy-now is when you decide to go all macho and dark?

-“I don’t approve of these costumes”?  Hush up, Branson.  It’s a wedding party-you WILL be wearing clothes chosen by others that you are not comfortable with.  Talk about wedding traditions, that certainly trumps “unlucky for the groom to see the bride.”  Plus, the costumes here are laudable, as ever.

-Maggie Smith, well played.  As always.

-Matthew, you decided to marry Mary in spite of the Lavinia affair.  This whole drama crisis is supposed to be over.  Man up and acknowledge that no matter what you’re in charge of things here and need to distribute money wisely for everyone, not just your little guilt trip.  Perhaps Daisy can remind you of all the jobs and people counting on Downton or something?  It’d be fun to see you interact with Daisy.

-Now that Robert has declared himself so happy his heart may burst through his chest, I officially call that he’ll die of a heart attack by the end of the season.

-Cora’s mom is late to the debate about Matthew inheriting Downton.  Give it a rest or be more obvious that you know it’s inevitable and just like to snark anyway.

-I feel let down by O’Brien’s simple request of Tom.  It’s the Valet Wars, here, people!  Did you just forget that?  Unworthy of you.

-Seriously, Anna, a month’s not that long and it’s not like you’re missing out on that many benefits of marriage, anyhow.  France will make for good discussion.  Besides, it’s Downton Abbey!  I have no doubt that you’ll happen to run into someone in France who can help shed light on Vera and Bates.  Or at least stand up for Bates.