Category Archives: Character

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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Such amiable appearance

. . . it was not in her nature to question the veracity of a young man of such amiable appearance as Wickham. Of Jane Bennet Pride and Prejudice, Vol. 1, Ch. 17

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Only Anne

“His two other children were of very inferior value. . . . Anne, with an elegance of mind and sweetness of character, which must have placed her high with any people of real understanding, was nobody with either father or … Continue reading

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The gravel walk

“There they exchanged again those feelings and those promises which had once before seemed to secure everything, but which had been followed by so many, many years of division and estrangement.  There they returned again into the past, more exquisitely … 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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I am not so good…

“To take the good of everybody’s character and make it still better, and say nothing of the bad–belongs to you alone.” Lizzy to Jane Pride and Prejudice, volume 1, chapter 4 I have friends like this, but I think I … Continue reading


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I am not romantic

One last thought from Charlotte on marriage: “‘I am not romantic, you know.  I never was.  I ask only a comfortable home; and considering Mr. Collins’s character, connections, and situation in life, I am convinced that my chance of happiness … Continue reading


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