Category Archives: Poverty

He does not want abilities

“Mr. Darcy can please where he chuses. He does not want abilities. He can be a conversible companion if he thinks it worth his while. Among those who are at all his equals in consequence, he is a very different … Continue reading

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Pride, his best friend

“I wonder that the very pride of this Mr. Darcy has not made him just to you! — If from no better motive, that he should not have been too proud to be dishonest, — for dishonesty I must call … Continue reading

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Marry? Mr. Collins?

“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 … Continue reading

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Lovely (rich) Kent

“People get so horridly poor & economical in this part of the World, that I have no patience with them.–Kent is the only place for happiness.” letter to Cassandra (Jane’s brother Edward, who had been adopted by wealthy cousins and … Continue reading

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So dreadful!

“You will be an old maid! and that’s so dreadful!”  [Harriet] “Never mind, Harriet, I shall not be a poor old maid; and it is poverty only which makes celibacy contemptible to a generous public! A single woman, with a … Continue reading

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Isabella on poverty

“Where people are really attached, poverty itself is wealth.” Northanger Abbey, volume 1, chapter 15 Alas, if only Isabella knew the truth of her words!

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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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