19th Century Fangirl

An electric log book on the most agreeable men of our time.

Mar 22


All right, then.  I’ll go to hell.


Mar 15

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August may be an angry, mentally distraught, quasi-anarchic misogynist, but I think I might be able to persuade this experimental writer to the virtues of womankind, especially after a little naturalist experimentation of our own.  Henrik keeps a picture of August by his desk because he always feels compelled to write when he looks at him.  But when I stare into those “crazy eyes” I feel compelled to much more than that…


Mar 11

Why if I had a husband like Mr. Ibsen, I would never walk out on my marriage the way his protagonist of A Doll’s House so brazenly does.  Although, when I gaze into that wise, wooly face, I feel much like his Lady of the Sea, torn between my own marital stability and the beckoning call of a stranger.  Oh, Henrik, while I must be realistic, your understanding of the female condition does threaten to bring to drama of the stage into the sphere of one’s own life!


Mar 10

Ladies, I do apologize for my recent negligence in maintaining this directory of fine gentlemen.  I do not know how some of you manage to maintain your electric logbooks with such regularity and still see to the daily affairs and duties a full life requires.  Somehow I had also managed to dislocate one crucial gear from the logbook’s machinery, and that did take some time to replace.  But the device seems to be running properly now, and I should be able to more often tend to this creative venture once again.


I regret to admit that I am fairly enamored by Mr. Edward Rochester, the Byronic hero of Charlotte Bronte’s novel Jane Eyre.  While his sordid past is unbecoming, the remorseful man by the end who has outgrown his moral relativity seems a “wild honey” indeed.  If he were not a work of fiction, we could truly set the house on fire. 


Dec 14
Once I grant my thoughts roam freely, there I ponder eyes so steely, Over many a taut and various volume written by his hand— Tousled charm, I see, so strapping, whereupon I hear a tapping As of some man swiftly rapping, there on my bed chamber door. “Tis some dark stranger,” I whisper, “there at my bed chamber door.”    …But twas my dreams, and nothing more.

Once I grant my thoughts roam freely, there I ponder eyes so steely,
Over many a taut and various volume written by his hand—
Tousled charm, I see, so strapping, whereupon I hear a tapping
As of some man swiftly rapping, there on my bed chamber door.
“Tis some dark stranger,” I whisper, “there at my bed chamber door.”  

…But twas my dreams, and nothing more.


Nov 30
Mr. Hegel has become, to my surprise, quite popular on my electric log book, so I shall return again to our favorite world-historical metaphysician.  I’m of the Idea he’d be a charming concrete nature with which to share a spot of tea, conversation, and a system of abstract universals.  Reason may be the drive of history, but his Cunning is stimulating quite a different drive in me.  Perhaps this is the hidden spirit, whose hour is near but still lies beneath the surface and seeks to break out.

Mr. Hegel has become, to my surprise, quite popular on my electric log book, so I shall return again to our favorite world-historical metaphysician.  I’m of the Idea he’d be a charming concrete nature with which to share a spot of tea, conversation, and a system of abstract universals.  Reason may be the drive of history, but his Cunning is stimulating quite a different drive in me.  Perhaps this is the hidden spirit, whose hour is near but still lies beneath the surface and seeks to break out.


One doesn’t need seer stones to admire this comely new “prophet” Joseph.  He holds some curious views regarding the history of our United States, but I would happily give up warm drink and spirits to be a part of his American Zion.  Some say he once saw an angel, but I think he may have merely glimpsed his likeness in the looking-glass.

One doesn’t need seer stones to admire this comely new “prophet” Joseph.  He holds some curious views regarding the history of our United States, but I would happily give up warm drink and spirits to be a part of his American Zion.  Some say he once saw an angel, but I think he may have merely glimpsed his likeness in the looking-glass.


Nov 12
Jane is a lovely woman, but I am not so inclined to find her appealing as much as the male heroes that populate her pointed and observant writing.  One Fitzwilliam Darcy from her novel Pride and Prejudice is a most intriguing character, and while he begins the story with a rather off-putting arrogance, I find him an agreeably reformed and worthy suitor by the end.  I admire a man who can confess “by you, I was properly humbled.”  If only I could get my husband to do the same.

What a pity Jane remains so obscure.  She receives hardly a positive review, and is probably doomed to obscurity.

Jane is a lovely woman, but I am not so inclined to find her appealing as much as the male heroes that populate her pointed and observant writing.  One Fitzwilliam Darcy from her novel Pride and Prejudice is a most intriguing character, and while he begins the story with a rather off-putting arrogance, I find him an agreeably reformed and worthy suitor by the end.  I admire a man who can confess “by you, I was properly humbled.”  If only I could get my husband to do the same.

What a pity Jane remains so obscure.  She receives hardly a positive review, and is probably doomed to obscurity.


Nov 5
Dr. Richard Owen has a reputation for pride and jealously, and I hear his wife has been disturbed by the defunct elephant that he keeps on their premises, but still find I feel a bit jealous myself when I consider their studies of comparative anatomy together.  Richard has also of late coined the term “dinosauria” to refer to the gargantuan lizards that at one point roamed our earth.  Rawr!

Dr. Richard Owen has a reputation for pride and jealously, and I hear his wife has been disturbed by the defunct elephant that he keeps on their premises, but still find I feel a bit jealous myself when I consider their studies of comparative anatomy together.  Richard has also of late coined the term “dinosauria” to refer to the gargantuan lizards that at one point roamed our earth.  Rawr!


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