Category Archives: Character description

Haughty, haughty

. . . Darcy was clever. He was at the same time haughty, reserved, and fastidious, and his manners, though well bred, were not inviting. In that respect his friend had greatly the advantage. Bingley was sure of being liked … Continue reading

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Filed under Character description, Darcy, Men, Mr. Bingley, Pride, Pride and Prejudice

One sort of spirit

Of Mr. Weston’s first wife.  Love this… “Though she had one sort of spirit, she had not the best. She had resolution enough to pursue her own will in spite of her brother, but not enough to refrain from unreasonable … Continue reading


Filed under Character description, Emma, Money, Money and Marriage, Mr. Weston, Regret

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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Vanity, thy name is Sir Walter

“Vanity was the beginning and end of Sir Walter Elliot’s character: vanity of person and of situation. He had been remarkably handsome in his youth, and at fifty-four was still a very fine man. . . . He considered the … Continue reading


Filed under Character description, Men, Persuasion, Pride, Sir Walter Elliot


“Mrs. Allen was one of that numerous class of females, whose society can raise no other emotion than surprise at their being any men in the world who could like them well enough to marry them.  She had neither beauty, … Continue reading


Filed under Character description, Marriage, Mrs. Allen, Northanger Abbey

On pugs and children

My little girl (my English Lab) Bess was up sick all night last night, so we made many trips outside in the wee hours.  (No pun intended.)  She’s such a love, but sick or not, she seems to love sleeping … Continue reading


Filed under Character description, Dogs, Lady Bertram, Mansfield Park

Some degree of taste

“I called yesterday morning–(ought it not in strict propriety be termed Yester-Morning?) on Miss Armstrong, & was introduced to her father & Mother.  Like other young Ladies she is considerably genteeler then her Parents . . . We afterwards walked … Continue reading

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Natural exuberance

More today from Chesterton: “These pages betray her secret; which is that she was naturally exuberant.  And her power came, as all power comes, from the control and direction of that exuberance. . . . her original passion was a … Continue reading

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Filed under Character description, Love & Freindship, Others on Jane

Dear old Brandon

“Colonel Brandon . . . was silent and grave.  His appearance however was not unpleasing, in spite of his being in the opinion of Marianne and Margaret an absolute old bachelor, for he was on the wrong side of five … Continue reading

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A little tomboy

“A family of ten children will be always called a fine family, where there are heads and arms and legs enough for the number; but the Morlands had little other right to the word, for they were in general very … Continue reading

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Filed under Catherine Morland, Character description, Children, Northanger Abbey