Category Archives: Lady Susan

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 very complicated!)
Lady Susan, letter 10

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An agreable flirt

“There is something about him that rather interests me, a sort of sauciness . . . he may be an agreable [sic] flirt. There is exquisite pleasure in subduing an insolent spirit, in making a person pre-determined to dislike, acknowledge one’s superiority.”

Lady Susan of Mrs. Vernon’s brother
Lady Susan, letter 7


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Throwing time away

“Not that I am an advocate for the prevailing fashion of acquiring a perfect knowledge in all the languages arts and sciences; it is throwing time away; to be mistress of French, Italian, German, music, singing, drawing etc., will gain a woman some applause, buy will not add one lover to her list.”

Lady Susan remarking on the education she would like for her much-unloved daughter Frederica
Lady Susan, letter 7


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A disposition to dislike

“Where there is a disposition to dislike, a motive will never be wanting.”

Lady Susan, letter 5, Lady Susan to Mrs. Johnson

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