01 August, 2006

Upon Having the Imagination Warmed

CM says that education is the Science of Relations (principle #13)...and I just made another relationship/literary connection last night.

I think I read Mother Auma (waves joyfully at MotherAuma :-) quoting CM somewhere on warming our imaginations.

[UPDATE: I just remembered that I think Mother Auma was quoting another CM passage that had a different Jane Austen reference in it: from Vol. 1 page 83...on games! Well, at least I remembered the Austen reference correctly! -blush-]

In her section on Composition on Page 193 of vol. 6, CM borrows from Jane Austen, and it seems as if she must have quoted similarly in another of her volumes. I just found it in Volume 3, as well.

She writes in Volume 6, page 193:

"the point to be considered is that the subject be one on which, to quote again Jane Austen's expression, the imagination of the children has been 'warmed.' They should be asked to write upon subjects which have interested them keenly."

In Volume 3, page 243:

"Eudcation By Books:
For the last twelve years we have tried the plan of bringing children up on Books and Things, and, on the whole, the results are pleasing. The average child studies with 'delight.' We do not say he will remember all he knows, but, to use a phrase of Janes Austen's, he will have had his 'imagination warmed' in many regions of knowledge."

Well, as I was reading Mansfield Park, Chapter nine last night, I came across this quote:

"while Fanny, to whom everything was almost as interesting as it was new, attended with unaffected earnestness to all that Mrs. Rushworth could relate of the family in former times, its rise and grandeur, regal visits and loyal efforts, delighted to connect anything with history already known, or warm her imagination with scenes of the past."

Very cool, eh?? Thanks for indulging me.



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