You Might Be Wondering Why I Wrote Progress Reports While Reading “Clarissa” As If I Was On An Expedition

For several days on this blog, I talked about my progress reading Samuel Richardson’s Clarissa, Or, The History of a Young Lady as if I was some sort of explorer on an expedition to uncharted regions. Real age of exploration sort of stuff. You may wonder why I did that instead of posting about my real progress reading the book.

For anyone who missed it and actually wants to see this, here is a link to the initial progress report, a link to the first full day’s progress report, a link to the second full day’s progress report, a link to the third full day’s progress report, a link to the fourth full day’s progress report, a link to the fifth’s full day’s progress report, and a link to the final progress report.

Well, there is a very simple answer. Me talking about reading Clarissa while reading it would probably have bored all of you more than you all actually having to read Clarissa for yourselves. Let’s just take a look at what my real posts would have looked like if I hadn’t started screwing around:

03/20 Started
03/20 page 41 3.0%
03/21 page 136 9.0%
03/21 page 251 16.0%
03/22 page 302 20.0%
03/22 page 383 25.0%
03/22 page 462 30.0%
03/23 page 500 33.0%
03/23 page 560 37.0%
03/23 page 601 39.0%
03/23 page 660 43.0%
03/23 page 702 46.0%
03/23 page 781 51.0%
03/24 page 800 52.0%
03/24 page 904 59.0%
03/24 page 1001 65.0%
03/25 page 1074 70.0%
03/25 page 1100 72.0%
03/25 page 1202 78.0%
03/25 page 1311 85.0%
03/26 page 1350 88.0%
03/26 page 1400 91.0%
03/26 finished

See? Until I got done and wrote my review, there just wasn’t much to really talk about. It would have been boring. As such, it was a far better thing to make a bunch of shit up. Frankly, it helped me get through the book.

About David S. Atkinson

David S. Atkinson enjoys typing about himself in the third person, although he does not generally enjoy speaking in such a fashion. However, he is concerned about the Kierkegaard quote "Once you label me you negate me." He worries that if he attempts to define himself he will, in fact, nullify his existence...
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