Category Archives: Imagination

Imagination vs. truth

Marianne was astonished to find how much the imagination of her mother and herself had outstripped the truth.

Sense and Sensibility, volume 1, chapter 4

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A lady’s imagination

This is another quote I had seen I think on a journal at the Jane Austen Centre in Bath, but I couldn’t place it.  It’s actually Darcy, talking to Miss Bingley.  He tells her he’s been thinking of Elizabeth’s fine eyes, and she asks, “When am I to wish you joy?”  To which he replies:

“A lady’s imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment.  I knew you would be wishing me joy.”

Pride & Prejudice, volume 1, chapter 6

I’m afraid he is right!


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Just the facts

“I will not torment myself with Conjectures & suppositions; Facts shall satisfy me.”

letter to Cassandra; Jane had been speculating about their younger brother Charles, and why the Admiralty had kept him in the Scorpion so long rather than moving him to a frigate
December 24, 1798 [15]

By the way, if you are in the mood for Admiralty and frigates and ships firing broadside and all of that, I highly recommend the Horatio Hornblower series from A&E.  Sort of Jane Austen for boys, I think.

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