Intro Post

Hi!

I am so excited to finally start this blog!  You may be wondering what the point of this blog is and why we call ourselves (Un)employed.  My co-writer and I are part of that mass of unemployed young people searching for jobs.  Searching for jobs is frustrating and can really grind a person down.  Sometimes it feels like a fruitless endeavor – a never ending project in which there is no sense of accomplishment.  Thus, we need to do something that reminds us that we are creative and capable.

Sir John Middleton, who called on them every day for the first fortnight, and who was not in the habit of seeing much occupation at home, could not conceal his amazement on finding them always employed.

– Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility

Jane Austen rarely shows her heroines as idle.  The sisters Eleanor and Marianne Dashwood in Sense and Sensibility have many talents and occupations beyond making house calls and attending dance parties.  They draw, make music, sew, embroider, weave baskets out of reeds, and other such projects.  The entire Dashwood family has a great love of reading.  Not only do they read as a solitary pleasure, but also as a group activity.  There are many mentions in the book about the importance of having some occupation of one’s time.  Edward Ferrars, for example, seems to have no hobbies and no profession, and he feels their loss.

“I think, Edward,” said Mrs. Dashwood, as they were at breakfast the last morning, “you would be a happier man if you had any profession to engage your time and give an interest to your plans and actions.  Some inconvenience to your friends, indeed, might result from it – you would not be able to give them so much of your time.  But (with a smile) you would be materially benefited in one particular at least – you would know where to go when you left them.”

“I do assure you,” he replied, “that I have long thought on this point, as you think now.  It has been, and is, and probably will always be a heavy misfortune to me, that I have no necessary business to engage me, no profession to give me employment, or afford me any thing like independence.”

– Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility

So, in our endeavor to not let our hands fall idle or our minds run fallow, we plan to record our projects here, while we search for that profession that will give us employment and afford us something like independence.

Thank you for reading,

Marie

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  1. Simply because you used “fallow” in a sentence, I will be back for more!

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