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Not a sensible man

MR. COLLINS was not a sensible man . . . The subjection in which his father had brought him up had given him originally great humility of manner, but it was now a good deal counteracted by the self-conceit of a weak head, living in retirement, and the consequential feelings of early and unexpected prosperity. A fortunate chance had recommended him to Lady Catherine de Bourgh when the living of Hunsford was vacant; and the respect which he felt for her high rank and his veneration for her as his patroness, mingling with a very good opinion of himself, of his authority as a clergyman, and his rights as a rector, made him altogether a mixture of pride and obsequiousness, self-importance and humility.

Pride and Prejudice, Vol. 1, Ch. 15

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“Catherine hoped at least to pass uncensured through the crowd.  As for admiration, it was always very welcome when it came, but she did not depend on it.”

Of Catherine’s first venture to Bath’s Upper Rooms
Northanger Abbey, volume 1, chapter 2

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On being unintelligible

Northanger_2“I cannot speak well enough to be unintelligible.”

Catherine to Henry
Northanger Abbey, volume 2, chapter 1

Sweet, guileless Catherine.

I don’t think I’ve ever seen an adaptation of Northanger Abbey — really looking forward to this one.

Felicity Jones as Catherine Morland.   ©ITV plc (Granada International) for Masterpiece™

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