“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 for Emma from Mrs. Weston
Emma, volume 1, chapter 5
I only hope that none of my blunders will be lasting.
“Encouragement should be given.”
This is of Emma, and her perhaps unwise decision to encourage Harriet Smith into a different sphere of life. But it’s a good sentiment all the same, no?
Emma, volume 1, chapter 3
“There are few people whom I really love, and still fewer of whom I think well. The more I see of the world, the more am I dissatisfied with it; and everyday confirms my belief of the inconsistency of all human characters, and of the little dependence that can be placed on the appearance of either merit or sense.”
Lizzy talking to her sister Jane, upon hearing of Charlotte’s wedding and after a letter from Caroline Bingley, hinting at her brother’s supposed indifference
Pride & Prejudice, Volume 2, Chapter 1
Lovely Jennifer Ehle icon is from the icon contest a while back at Jane Austen Today, created by Sands at the web forum A Truth Universally Acknowledged.
“Friendship is surely the finest balm for the pangs of disappointed love.”
Northanger Abbey, volume 1, chapter 4
Carey Mulligan as Isabella Thorpe (left) and Felicity Jones as Catherine Morland. ©ITV plc (Granada International) for Masterpiece™
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Today we have Mr. Elton giving the opposite perspective on holiday parties:
“This is quite the season indeed for friendly meetings. At Christmas
every body invites their friends about them, and people think little of
even the worst weather. I was snowed up at a friend’s house once for a
week. Nothing could be pleasanter. I went for only one night, and could
not get away till that very day se’nnight.”
Emma, volume 1, chapter 13
This image of Steventon rectory is from Jane Odiwe’s Austen Effusions — isn’t it lovely? I am all for snow, and for getting snowed in with friends.