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To be fair, this is not a saying Jane Austen came up with, but one that was in use already, and one she used jokingly in a letter to her sister about their neighbor, James Digweed.
Read about Finding a Good Man (and more) in The Jane Austen Guide to Life.
. . . Darcy was clever. He was at the same time haughty, reserved, and fastidious, and his manners, though well bred, were not inviting. In that respect his friend had greatly the advantage. Bingley was sure of being liked wherever he appeared; Darcy was continually giving offence.
Pride and Prejudice, Vol 1, Ch 4
“Mr. Collins to be sure was neither sensible nor agreeable; his society was irksome, and his attachment to her must be imaginary. But still he would be her husband. Without thinking highly either of men or of matrimony, marriage had always been her object; it was the only honourable provision for well-educated young women of small fortune, and however uncertain of giving happiness, must be their pleasantest preservative from want. This preservative she had now obtained; and at the age of twenty-seven, without having ever been handsome, she felt all the good luck of it.”
on Charlotte Lucas’s marrying Mr. Collins
Pride & Prejudice, Volume 1, Chapter 22
“But there certainly are not so many men of large fortune in the world as there are pretty women to deserve them.”
Mansfield Park, volume 1, chapter 1
Oh, how true!
“If this man had not twelve thousand a year, he would be a very stupid fellow.”
What Edmund Bertram thinks to himself about Mr. Rushworth
Mansfield Park, volume 1, chapter 4
If we’re going to be talking about money, we have to revisit this old favorite.
Benevolent, philanthropic man! It was painful to him even to keep a third cousin to himself.
Sense and Sensibility, volume 1, chapter 21
Of Sir John Middleton, and his desire to introduce the Miss Dashwoods to the Miss Steeles
” . . . as I might be as dashing and expensive without a red coat on my back as with one, idleness was pronounced on the whole to be most advantageous and honourable . . . ”
Sense and Sensibility volume 1, chapter 19
Spoken by Edward Ferrars, about his difficulty finding a calling that would please both himself and his family
” . . . a young man of eighteen is not in general so earnestly bent on being busy as to resist the solicitations of his friends to do nothing.”
Sense and Sensibility, volume 1, chapter 19
Spoken by Edward Ferrars
“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