Category Archives: Neighbors

May as well be single

Argh — yesterday was a rough Lyme day.  I’m afraid against my best intentions this has become the occasionally-daily Austen quote.  Happy Friday the 13th! “Miss Blachford is married, but I have never seen it in the Papers.  And one … Continue reading

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For all the homebodies out there

Life is conspiring against me again.  I spent yesterday flat on my back dealing with the vicissitudes of Lyme disease — ugh. Today’s quote is Mr. John Knightley being rather difficult on Christmas Eve as he and Emma head to … Continue reading

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We must be merciful

“Poor Mrs Stent!  It has been her lot to be always in the way; but we must be merciful, for perhaps in time we may come to be Mrs Stents ourselves, unequal to anything & unwelcome to everybody.” letter to … Continue reading

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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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Warren’s indifference

“Assure her also as a last & indisputable proof of Warren’s indifference to me, that he actually drew that Gentleman’s picture for me, & delivered it to me without a Sigh.” letter to Cassandra January 14, 1796 [2] Jane was … Continue reading

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How to be particular

“Mr. H. began with Elizabeth, and afterwards danced with her again; but they do not know how to be particular.  I flatter myself, however, that they will profit by the three successive lessons which I have given them.” letter to … Continue reading

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Filed under Balls, Jane Austen's love interests, Letters, Neighbors, Tom Lefroy

For what do we live?

Today’s quote is not new, but rather a correction — thanks to Laura, who pointed out the error.  I always thought this was “make sport FOR our neighbors,” but when I went to post it the first time, I doublechecked … Continue reading

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Poor Marianne Mapleton

“You will be sorry to hear that Marianne Mapleton’s disorder has ended fatally; she was beleived out of danger on Sunday, but a sudden relapse carried her off the next day.–So affectionate a family must suffer severely; & many a … Continue reading

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Finding people disagreeable

“I cannot anyhow continue to find people agreable [sic];–I respect Mrs. Chamberlayne for doing her hair well, but cannot feel a more tender sentiment.–Miss Langley is like any other short girl with a broad nose & wide mouth, fashionable dress, … Continue reading

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More fun in the Upper Rooms

“Mrs Badcock & two young Women were of the same party, except when Mrs Badcock thought herself obliged to leave them, to run round the room after her drunken Husband.–His avoidance, & her pursuit, with the probable intoxication of both, … Continue reading

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