I was very happy with my mark for the first essay. Not a distinction, but not all that far below, so I'm operating comfortably at the 2.1 level, which is absolutely fine. For the first essay, I chose the option on the history of fairy stories and how it relates to the history of childhood. For the second essay (due beginning of December), I am going to do the one about discussing the competing models of boyhood depicted in Little Women and Treasure Island.
I still haven't finished Little Women. I read the book in the summer and thought that was it. What I didn't realise is that though Good Wives was published as a separate book in the UK, and that's how I read them as a child, the OU are counting LW and GW together as one book. I therefore had to catch up with Part 2. I didn't like it much when I was young and I like it even less now. Good Wives just seems to go on and on and on. This is one disadvantage of reading an ebook, you don't get any sense of how much book is left. When I look at the percentage bar, it seems to have been stuck on 75% for days. That can't be right, can it?!! Is the ghost of Louisa May Alcott adding more and more Marrying Everyone Off scenes onto the end??
Anyway, I have a long train journey tomorrow, so surely I can get it finished then? So that's my current goal, finish GW by Saturday and start reading the essays about the books and 19th century ideas of gender on Sunday.
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