I find combining my needlework with audio reading is not only a lot of fun, but I'm able to finish the latter a lot more quickly! I've already got my materials set for the next embroidery project.
But before I go into those details I thought I jot down some of my thoughts on The Adventurs of Huckleberry Finn so far. I am currently in the middle of chapter 17, which means I'm still a way off from completing half the book. However, I have been given some food for thought…or questioning, rather.
I recall reading a few reviews and comments on Margaret Mitchell's depiction of the black slaves in Gone with the Wind. She is accused of showing them of as child-like, innocent, and very dependent. I've read how readers feel she should have been sensitive to the whole issue considering the time she herself wrote in. Many have argued back saying that her portrayal of the blacks during the Civil War and/or just about it is accurate to the era in which the story is set.
All this was brought to mind when reading how Twain portrays Jim. This man is portrayed as child-like too. His entire conversation with Huck about how king Solomon could not possibly have been a wise man because he meant to cut a child in half, is proof of that. I mean he reasons with the reasoning of a child — plain and simple. Huck seems to play the role of the ever-suffering adult having to keep quiet because there is simply no reasoning with a child. The roles, therefore, of adult and child seem reversed in this situation because of the black and white dynamics. While Huck obviously cares for and respects Jim for all the superstitions the latter knows, Huck unconsciously treats Jim like a thing. This becomes very obvious when he begins to feel guilty about having been the cause of perhaps setting Jim free. Jim is thrilled about landing on Cairo which means freedom for him, and the possibility of earning money to buy his wife and his children from owners other than his own. Huck begins to hyperventilate, thinking he has done wrong by his widowed protector and by all those white people who own Jim's family. He does not seem to realise that Jim has a right to his freedom and his family.
The point I'm trying to make, though, is that Mitchell seems to be spot on with her portrayal of the blacks as viewed by the whites in those times. I don't know how far the blacks really were child-like since I don't know anything about African-American history, but I suspect that lack of education could be the reason, if it were so. It sure was the same case for women when they were not allowed to be educated!
Well, I'll stop here. My head is a bit fuzzy with lack of sleep and my son's trying to get me to play some games with him. I'll just quickly leave you folk with my latest needle work.
It's called Blue Flower and I found the free chart at The Workbasket.
From the same site I downloaded another chart to what is called Berthi's Birdbath.
I love the pastel shades. Unfortunately, I definitely won't be able to replicate these colours. I don't have these threads (for the most part) and I've yet to discover a place where I can buy whatever colour thread I need. Actually, I'm currently dipping into my mother's old stock of threads. So the following image shows a glimpse of the colours I will be using. I apologise for the rather raw photography, but then it's something I've never been very good at since I've always taken pictures only out of necessity and not out of any artistic temperament. :-/
The colours are a bit bright, aren't they? I'm doing this on a creamy cloth, so I hope the colours stand out well and subtly at the same time!
That's it for now!
How are you folk getting along with your current reads and other projects?