Category Archives: Beauty

True beauty

“Lady Catherine herself says that in point of true beauty, Miss De Bourgh is far superior to the handsomest of her sex; because there is that in her features which marks the young woman of distinguished birth.” Mr. Collins Pride … Continue reading

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Men of large fortune

“But there certainly are not so many men of large fortune in the world as there are pretty women to deserve them.” Mansfield Park, volume 1, chapter 1 Oh, how true!

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Dear Mrs. Jennings

“It would be an excellent match, for he was rich, and she was handsome. . . . she was always anxious to get a good husband for every pretty girl.” busybody Mrs. Jennings on why she thinks Marianne and Colonel … Continue reading

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The charms of Miss Bates

Why is it everyone likes Miss Bates so much? “Her daughter [Miss Bates] enjoyed a most uncommon degree of popularity for a woman neither young, handsome, rich, nor married. Miss Bates stood in the very worst predicament in the world … Continue reading

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Ideas in common (or lack thereof)

“Only one comes back with me tomorrow, probably Miss Eliza, & I rather dread it.  We shall not have two Ideas in common.  She is young, pretty, chattering & thinking chiefly (I presume) of Dress, Company, & Admiration.” Of a … Continue reading

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Loveliness itself

[Mrs. Weston]  “She is loveliness itself.  Mr. Knightley, is not she?” “I have not a fault to find with her person,” he replied.  “I think her all you describe.  I love to look at her; and I will add this … Continue reading

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Uncensured

“Catherine hoped at least to pass uncensured through the crowd.  As for admiration, it was always very welcome when it came, but she did not depend on it.” Of Catherine’s first venture to Bath’s Upper Rooms Northanger Abbey, volume 1, … Continue reading

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Almost pretty

“‘Catherine grows quite a good-looking girl, — she is almost pretty today,’ were words which caught her ears now and then; and how welcome were the sounds!  To look almost pretty, is an acquisition of higher delight to a girl … Continue reading

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Years of danger

“She had the consciousness of being nine-and-twenty to give her some regrets and some apprehensions; she was fully satisfied of being still quite as handsome as ever, but she felt her approach to the years of danger, and would have … Continue reading

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On being a late twenty-something

“It sometimes happens that a woman is handsomer at twenty-nine than she was ten years before; and, generally speaking, if there has been neither ill-health nor anxiety, it is a time of life at which scarcely any charm is lost.” … Continue reading

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