Monday, 3 December 2012

compounding of Christmas cakes

One of my favourite books is Jane Eyre. I re read it this year and saved this quote for Christmas and today on #shareadvent it's read a favourite book.

'My first aim will be to clean down... Moor House from chamber to cellar; my next to rub it up with beeswax, oil, and an indefinite number of cloths, till it glitters again; my third, to arrange every chair, table, bed, carpet, with mathematical precision, afterwards I shall go near to ruin you in coals and peat to keep up good fires in every room; and lastly, the two days preceding that on which your sisters are expected will be devoted by Hannah and me to such a beating of eggs, sorting of currants, grating of spices, compounding of Christmas cakes, chopping up of materials for mince pies, and solemnizing of other culinary rites...' Charlotte Bronte Jane Eyre
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How will you be preparing your home for Christmas?

10 comments:

  1. Oh, I love that. Time set aside for such single minded domestic industriousness and preparations for Christmas would be a gift in itself. Multitasking feels rubbish. x

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    1. Belinda - Yes you're right. I love that it's part of her gift to the sisters to repay their kindness.

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  2. Wonderful quote! I love the description of the culinary rites of Christmas. I didn't remember that there was such a scene in Jane Eyre.

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    1. Anbolyn - It's when she's with St. John, a part of the story I often forget. Yes the culinary rites are marvellous.

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  3. A very apt quote for my mood today! Frosty outside, putting up the tiny lights at work - I feel a 'compounding of Christmas cakes' may be called for this weekend.

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  4. Tonia - Hope your week of compounding of Christmas cakes involved eating some.

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  8. Makes me want to go back and reread Jane Eyre. Such a good quote. I hope you are enjoying the Christmas season.

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