Category Archives: Family

Such low connections

The Bingley sisters discuss Jane’s chances of marrying well: “I have an excessive regard for Jane Bennet, she is really a very sweet girl, and I wish with all my heart she were well settled. But with such a father … Continue reading

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Filed under Darcy, Elizabeth Bennet, Family, Jane Bennet, Miss Bingley, Money, Money and Marriage, Mr. Bingley, Pride and Prejudice

Finding a calling

“We never could agree in our choice of a profession. I always preferred the church, as I still do. But that was not smart enough for my family. They recommended the army. That was a great deal too smart for … Continue reading

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Filed under Edward Ferrars, Family, Power, Sense and Sensibility

A sister’s advice

“I have never yet found that the advice of a sister could prevent a young man’s being in love if he chose it.” Lady Susan to Mrs. Johnson (as she tries to draw in Mrs. Vernon’s brother — it’s all … Continue reading

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No lasting blunder

“Where shall we see a better daughter or a kinder sister or a truer friend? . . . She will make no lasting blunder; where Emma errs once, she is in the right a hundred times.” Such words of praise … Continue reading

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Filed under Emma, Emma Woodhouse, Family, Friendship, Miss Taylor - Mrs. Weston

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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Filed under Anne Elliot, Character, Family, Persuasion

This lonely kind of life

Yesterday was the anniversary of Jane’s birth during the cold winter of 1775 in the little village of Steventon.  In honor of that, here’s one of my favorite Austen family quotes.  This is George, Jane’s father, writing to his sister-in-law.  … Continue reading

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Filed under Austen family, Family, father George, Marriage, mother Cassandra, Motherhood

Family squabbling

I’m actually headed out today to North Carolina for a long Thanksgiving break.  Can’t wait to have everyone together. Today’s quote is from my Jane Austen Society desk calendar: “Family squabbling is the greatest evil of all. . . “ … Continue reading


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Judging unfairly

“It is very unfair to judge of any body’s conduct, without an intimate knowledge of their situation. Nobody, who has not been in the interior of a family, can say what the difficulties of any individual of that family may … Continue reading

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Filed under Emma, Emma Woodhouse, Family, Frank Churchill, Morality

A delightful visit

“It was a delightful visit;–perfect, in being much too short.” Of Isabella’s (Mrs. John Knightley) visit to Hartfield Emma, volume 1, chapter 13

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