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Pictures of perfection

I love this quote!  Austen is writing to her niece, Fanny.  Fanny had forced one of her suitors to read her Aunt Jane’s books without telling him who the author was (she wrote them anonymously, and the books only said, … Continue reading

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The misery of being bound without Love

“The unpleasantness of appearing fickle is certainly great–but if you think you want Punishment for past Illusions, there it is–and nothing can compare to the misery of being bound without Love, bound to one, & preferring another.  That is a … Continue reading

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Another Man

“It is very true that you never may attach another Man, his equal altogether, but if that other Man has the power of attaching you more, he will be in your eyes the most perfect.” letter to her niece Fanny … Continue reading

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A possible Evil

“I am at present more impressed with the possible Evil that may arise to You from engaging yourself to him–in word or mind–than with anything else.  When I consider how few young Men you have yet seen much of–how capable … Continue reading

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How very far from a now

“I am perfectly convinced that your present feelings, supposing you were to marry now, would be sufficient for his happiness;–but when I think how very, very far it is from a Now, & take everything that may be, into consideration, … Continue reading

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Your own feelings

More from Jane’s letters to her niece Fanny, about whether or not she should marry Mr. John Plumptre: “Now, my dearest Fanny . . . You frighten me out of my Wits by your reference.  Your affection gives me the … Continue reading

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Such sort of Disappointments

“Things are now in such a state, that you must resolve upon one or the other, either allow him to go on as he has done, or whenever you are together behave with a coldness which may convince him that … Continue reading

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A dirty Shaving Rag

“Your trying to excite your own feelings by a visit to his room amused me excessively.–The dirty Shaving Rag was exquisite!–Such a circumstance ought to be in print.  Much too good to be lost.” letter to her niece, Fanny Knight, … Continue reading

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Marrying without affection

“Anything is to be preferred or endured rather than marrying without Affection; and if his deficiencies of Manner &c &c strike you more than all his good qualities, if you continue to think strongly of them, give him up at … Continue reading

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Wisdom is better than Wit

“Think of all this Fanny.  Mr. J.P. has advantages which do not often meet in one person.  His only fault indeed seems Modesty.  If he were less modest, he would be more agreable, speak louder & look Impudenter;–and is it … Continue reading

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