Category Archives: Engagement

Half the sum of attraction

“He was, at the time, a remarkably fine young man, with a great deal of intelligence, spirit, and brilliancy; and Anne an extremely pretty girl, with gentleness, modesty, taste, and feeling.  Half the sum of attraction, on either side, might have been enough, for he had nothing to do, and she had hardly anybody to love; but the encounter of such lavish recommendations could not fail.  It would be difficult to say which had seen highest perfection in the other, or which had been the happiest:  she, in receiving his declarations and proposals, or he in having them accepted.”

the background on Anne and Captain Wentworth’s first meeting, eight years before the story begins

, chapter 4

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“Darcy was not of a disposition in which happiness overflows in mirth; and Elizabeth, agitated and confused, rather knew that she was happy, than felt herself to be so . . .”

on Darcy & Elizabeth’s state of mind immediately following their engagement
Pride & Prejudice, Volume 3, Chapter 17

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The importance of fashion

“I rather expect to receive an offer from my friend in the course of the evening.  I shall refuse him, however, unless he promises to give away his white Coat.”

Jane writing to Cassandra re: a ball the following evening, joking about expecting an offer from Tom Lefroy

January 14, 1796 [2]

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