Category Archives: Heartbreak

The finest balm

Northanger_ci“Friendship is surely the finest balm for the pangs of disappointed love.”

Northanger Abbey, volume 1, chapter 4

Carey Mulligan as Isabella Thorpe (left) and Felicity Jones as Catherine Morland. Ā©ITV plc (Granada International) for Masterpieceā„¢

The Complete Jane Austen on Masterpiece


Filed under Friendship, Heartbreak, Northanger Abbey

Loving longest


Persuasion_6_2“All the privilege I claim for my own sex (it is not a very enviable
one; you need not covet it), is that of loving longest, when existence
or when hope is gone.”

Anne to Captain Harville
Persuasion, volume 2, chapter 11

I’ve posted some thoughts on the movie over at Following Austen. I wanted to love it, but didn’t. Would love to know what you thought.


Filed under Anne Elliot, Capt. Harville, Heartbreak, Love, Persuasion

A broken heart (or something like it)

“At length the Day is come on which I am to flirt my last with Tom Lefroy, & when you receive this it will be over–My tears flow as I write, at the melancholy idea.”

letter to Cassandra
January 15, 1796 [2]


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