All story and no reflection

“Provided that nothing like useful knowledge could be gained from them, provided they were all story and no reflection, she had never any objection to books at all.”

Of Catherine’s reading habits
Northanger Abbey, volume 1, chapter 1

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    This mother’s day WHYY brings families a marathon showing of “The Complete Jane Austen: Pride and Prejudice.”
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