ElizabethBennet: OMG mr darcy = h4uty

16 Nov

From Yahoo! News:

A company offering mobile phones to students has hired Professor John Sutherland, professor emeritus of English Literature at University College London, to offer subscribers text message summaries and quotes from literary classics.

The hope is that messages in the truncated shorthand of mobile phones will help make great literature more accessible.

…Hamlet’s “To be or not to be” soliloquy is rendered: “2B? NT2B?=???”. At the end of Romeo and Juliet, “bothLuvrs kill Emselves,” while Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice concludes when “Evry1GtsMaryd.”

“Woe un2mnkind,” is part of its summary of Milton’s Paradise Lost. Milton actually wrote “Woe to the inhabitants on Earth.”

“Dot mobile’s unique service amply demonstrates text’s ability to fillet out the important elements in a plot. Take for example the ending to Jane Eyre — ‘MadwyfSetsFyr2Haus’. Was ever a climax better compressed?” said Sutherland, this year’s chairman of the judges for the Man Booker literature prize.

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