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Money & happiness

Marianne to Elinor Sense and Sensibility, Vol 1, Ch 17

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What indeed?

“’What have wealth or grandeur to do with happiness?’” [Marianne] ‘Grandeur has but little,’ said Elinor, ‘but wealth has much to do with it.’ ‘Elinor, for shame!’ said Marianne; ‘money can only give happiness where there is nothing else to … Continue reading

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A new period of existence

“He had made his fortune, bought his house, and obtained his wife; and was beginning a new period of existence, with every probability of greater happiness than in any yet passed through.” of Mr. Weston Emma, volume 1, chapter 2

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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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Passion and virtue

“How Wickham and Lydia were to be supported in tolerable independence, she could not imagine.  But how little of permanent happiness could belong to a couple who were only brought together because their passions were stronger than their virtue, she … Continue reading

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Never loving by halves

” . . . that Marianne found her own happiness in forming [Col. Brandon’s] was equally the persuasion and delight of each observing friend.  Marianne could never love by halves; and her whole heart became, in time, as much devoted … Continue reading

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Willoughby’s fate

“…he long thought of Colonel Brandon with envy and of Marianne with regret.  But that he was forever inconsolable, that he fled from society, or contracted an habitual gloom of temper, or died of a broken heart, must not be … Continue reading

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Know your own happiness

“‘You are in a melancholy humour and fancy that anyone unlike yourself must be happy.  But remember that the pain of parting from friends will be felt by everybody at times, whatever be their education or state.  Know your own … Continue reading

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Learning to brook being happier than I deserve

Can’t resist posting one more from Persuasion today: “‘It is a sort of pain, too, which is new to me.  I have been used to the gratification of believing myself to earn every blessing that I enjoyed.  I have valued … 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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