Category Archives: Morality

If it feels good…

"I am afraid," replied Elinor, "that the pleasantness of an employment does not always evince its propriety." "On the contrary, nothing can be a stronger proof of it, Elinor; for if there had been any real impropriety in what I … Continue reading

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Filed under Elinor, Marianne, Morality, Sense and Sensibility, Sense vs. Sensibility

A Vile World

Lovely lunch with JASNA – DC this weekend — thanks to all who came.  It was an honor to be asked to speak.  Nothing Vile about it! “We have used Anna as ill as we could, by not letting him … Continue reading


Filed under Austen family, Humor, Letters, Morality, nephew James Edward, niece Anna Austen, niece Caroline, Sarcasm

Cardinal virtues

Of James, one of the family’s servants: “James is the delight of our lives . . . He waits extremely well, is attentive, handy, quick, & quiet, and in short has a great many more than all the cardinal virtues … Continue reading


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Badly done, Emma

“It was badly done, indeed! You, whom she had known from an infant, whom she had seen grow up from a period when her notice was an honour, to have you now, in thoughtless spirits, and the pride of the … Continue reading

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Filed under Emma, Emma Woodhouse, Miss Bates, Morality, Mr. Knightley, Pride

Judging unfairly

“It is very unfair to judge of any body’s conduct, without an intimate knowledge of their situation. Nobody, who has not been in the interior of a family, can say what the difficulties of any individual of that family may … Continue reading

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Filed under Emma, Emma Woodhouse, Family, Frank Churchill, Morality

Handsome is as handsome does

“Mr. Digweed has used us basely.  Handsome is as Handsome does; he is therefore a very ill-looking Man.” letter to Cassandra January 24, 1813 [78] No explanation here of exactly what Mr. Digweed did.  No doubt Jane was joking, as … Continue reading

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Filed under Letters, Men, Morality, Neighbors

Oh! God

“Have we thought irreverently of thee, have we disobeyed thy commandments, have we neglected any known duty, or willingly given pain to any human being?  Incline us to ask our hearts these questions oh! God, and save us from deceiving … Continue reading

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Filed under Christianity, Morality, Pride

Teach us

“Teach us to understand the sinfulness of our own hearts, and bring to our knowledge every fault of temper and every evil habit in which we have indulged to the discomfort of our fellow-creatures, and the danger of our own … Continue reading

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Look with mercy

More from Jane’s Evening Prayers for the rest of this week. “Look with mercy on the sins we have this day committed and in mercy make us feel them deeply, that our repentance may be sincere, and our resolutions steadfast … Continue reading

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Eye at an Adultress

“I am proud to say that I have a very good eye at an Adultress, for tho’ repeatedly assured that another in the same party was the She, I fixed upon the right one from the first. . . . … Continue reading

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