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Thought it would be fun to lighten things up with some images here.  (And wanted to try out the new Pinterest buttons I added. Join me over there!) To be fair, this is not a saying Jane Austen came up … Continue reading

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Whatever he said . . .

Whatever he said, was said well; and whatever he did, done gracefully. Elizabeth went away with her head full of him. Of Wickham Pride and Prejudice, Vol. 1, Ch. 16

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If he possibly can

“He is just what a young man ought to be,” said she [Jane], “sensible, good-humored, lively; and I never saw such happy manners!–so much ease, with such perfect good breeding!” “He is also handsome,” replied Elizabeth, “which a young man … Continue reading

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Nobody brilliant

“A handsome young Man certainly, with quiet, gentlemanlike manners.–I set him down as sensible rather than Brilliant.–There is nobody Brilliant nowadays.” letter to Cassandra, about John Plumptre, one of her niece Fanny’s love interests September 23, 1813 [89]

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If he chooses…

“There is one thing, Emma, which a man can always do, if he chuses, and that is, his duty; not by maneuvering and finessing, but by vigour and resolution.” Mr. Knightley, criticizing Frank Churchill for not visiting his father sooner … Continue reading

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Sense will always have attractions

“’My protégé, as you call him, is a sensible man; and sense will always have attractions for me.  Yes, Marianne, even in a man between thirty and forty.  He has seen a great deal of the world; has been abroad; … Continue reading

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