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Undisciplined Hearts


Dora.  She was painfully unprepared for life.  She grew up in a wealthy family.  Her mom died when she was young, and after this, her dad pampered her. She did not have any responsibility and was allowed to do whatever she wanted.

Then, this girl grows up.  She’s frivolous and lazy.  She shuns correction.

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David.  He faced rejection and loss from a very young age.   His father died before he was born, and after this, his mother remarried a charming, but evil man.  This man estranged David from his mother.  The stress of this broke David’s mother’s heart, and caused her early death.

Then, this boy grows up.  He’s broken.  He craves acceptance.  He desperately needs love.

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These two people meet.

He becomes infatuated with her.  She likes the attention.

He wants to work hard for her.  She likes to play.

He’s serious about marriage.  She thinks it’s a game.

He sees the warning signs, but ignores them.  She doesn’t think there is a problem.

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They marry…

But, what happens after this?

Tension.  He feels like she’s constantly letting him down.  She thinks that he doesn’t love her anymore.

Resentment.  He is frustrated that she doesn’t listen to him.  She feels unaccepted, but doesn’t want to change her ways.

Disorder.  He wishes for her to manage their home.  She’s not willing to do the work.

David and Dora are both characters from David Copperfield.  It’s a very long book, with some boring, hard-to-get-through parts mixed in with fascinating scenarios, like this one.


Over time, they both come to see their errors.

David says of himself:   “For I knew, now, that my own heart was undisciplined when it first loved Dora.

Dora says of herself:     “I am afraid, dear, I was too young. I don’t mean in years only, but in experience, and thoughts, and everything….. I have begun to think I was not fit to be a wife.

In your opinion, who are you more like, David or Dora?  Or are you a bit of both? 

I’m probably more like David, except, I have a good life.   It’s easy for me to get very excited about something, and ignore warning signs and then make a rash decision.

Ode to Classic Literature…


I’m a teenager in a world of my own.  It’s hard for me to relate to other people who are my age, because I’m so different than they are.  I don’t read popular books or watch popular movies.  What I really love is classic literature!  Most teens have not heard of the books that I read or if they have, it was because they had to read it for school.

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Currently, I am reading David Copperfield, by Charles Dickens.  It is so amazing!  The writing style is beautiful and skillful.  Dickens understood humanity so well!

These are some quotes from David Copperfield, so you can have a taste of classic literature, if you’ve never read it before.

“Though perfectly familiar with them, my conduct and manner were different enough 

from theirs to place a space between us.”    

 “He was musing, not speaking to me; so I remained quiet.”


“It made me very uncomfortable to have him for a guest,

for I was young then, and unused to disguise what I so strongly felt.” 

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I’m so sad that this kind of book isn’t appreciated by younger people.

Classics are almost always written to show something else or to portray a deeper    meaning, which makes them harder to read than modern books.  I think most people  don’t like how much work these books can take for you to understand them.    Modern-day people just want an exciting adventure book, or a gripping vampire  romance.  I know these books have appeal and are not all bad, but they defiantly  don’t have the same depth as classics do.

For a while I started reading more modern books, and I thought that I really liked  them, but then when I read a classic book again, I thought “Why did I stop reading  these? They’re so good!”

Another thing classics taught me is that people really haven’t changed much.   The  characters in classics are not very different from people now.  They only speak  differently.



What you would say now:

How you would say this in the 1800’s:

“Who do you have a crush on?”

“Who is the girl that has won the affection of your heart?”

“It was so embarrassing!”

“My cheek turns scarlet when I think of it”

“I had a horrible day!”

“It was a day wrought with sorrow.”

“She’s insane.”

“She’s mad!”

“I’m so sad.”

“My heart is filled with extreme anguish.”

 You get an idea of what the language was like back then.  I know this way of speaking might annoy some people, but trust me, you really do get used to it as the story goes on:-)


I really wish more teens would read classic literature!

You know how some people say, “Don’t judge a book by its cover” I like to say “Don’t judge a book by its copyright date!”