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


Filed under Emma, John Knightley, Neighbors, Parties

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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Filed under Letters, Neighbors, Singleness

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

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


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

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


Filed under Elizabeth Bennet, Humor, Mr. Bennet, Mr. Collins, Neighbors, Pride and Prejudice

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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