Category Archives: Other books and writers

Such sort of people

“Let me counsel you to remember that a lady, whether so called from birth or only from fortune, should never degrade herself by being put on a level with writers, and such sort of people.” miser Mr. Briggs, Cecilia’s guardian, … Continue reading

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Always best

"It is always best to do right, however tardily; always better to repent, than to grow callous in wrong." Cecilia (who is a little too good, imho)Fanny Burney’s Cecilia, volume 4, book 8, chapter 1

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A world full of mortifications

"The world is full of mortifications, and to endure, or to sink under them, makes all the distinction between the noble or the weak-minded." the elegant Mrs. Delvile to Cecilia; Mrs. Delvile knows Cecilia is enduring the mortification of having … Continue reading

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What everybody else did

“Mrs. Harrel, with much simplicity, assured her that she did nothing but what every body else did, and that it was quite impossible for her to appear in the world in any other manner.” Cecilia’s friend Mrs. Harrel and her … Continue reading

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Some proper person

This week we’ll be taking a slight diversion from Austen to look at one of the books that inspired her — Fanny Burney’s Cecilia.  This is a book Austen loved, and she snagged the title for Pride and Prejudice from … Continue reading

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Heaven’s last best gift

“I am of a cautious temper, and unwilling to risk my happiness in a hurry.  Nobody can think more highly of the matrimonial state than myself.  I consider the blessing of a wife as most justly described in those discreet … Continue reading

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Such dull elves

“There are a few Typical errors–& a ‘said he’ or a ‘said she’ would sometimes make the Dialogue more immediately clear–but ‘I do not write for such dull Elves As have not a great deal of Ingenuity themselves.’” letter to … Continue reading

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On reading other novels

“I . . . am always half afraid of finding a clever novel too clever–& of finding my own story & my own people all forestalled.” letter to Cassandra, on trying to get a copy of Mary Brunton’s Self-controul April … Continue reading

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Starred Publishers Weekly review

Just found out last week that A Walk with Jane Austen has gotten a lovely review from Publishers Weekly: “In this engaging, deeply personal and well-researched travelogue, Smith (a PW contributor) journeys to England to soak in the places of … Continue reading

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A visit

“After I had written the above, we received a visit from Mr Tom Lefroy and his cousin George.  The latter is really very well-behaved now; and as for the other, he has but one fault, which time will, I trust, … Continue reading

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