Category Archives: Insults

Mr. Martin

“I have no doubt that he will thrive and be a very rich man in time–and his being illiterate and coarse need not disturb us.” Emma’s backhanded compliment of Robert Martin, the farmer Harriet adores Emma, volume 1, chapter 4

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I take no leave of you

“I take no leave of you, Miss Bennet. I send no compliments to your mother. You deserve no such attention. I am most seriously displeased.” Lady Catherine De Bourgh, on leaving Lizzy after her surprise appearance at Longbourn Pride & … Continue reading


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Your excellent judgment, cousin Elizabeth

One of our favorites from dear Mr. Collins… “‘My dear Miss Elizabeth, I have the highest opinion in the world of your excellent judgment in all matters within the scope of your understanding . . .” Mr. Collins to Lizzy, … Continue reading

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Filed under a Woman's mind, Elizabeth Bennet, Insults, Mr. Collins, Pride and Prejudice