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Tease him

“Teaze him — laugh at him. — Intimate as you are, you must know how it is to be done.”

Elizabeth to Miss Bingley, re: Darcy  (How dare she!)

Pride and Prejudice, Vol. 1, Ch. 11

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No enjoyment like reading

“How pleasant it is to spend an evening in this way! I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book!”

Miss Bingley, who is pretending to love reading because Darcy does, but she’s really incredibly bored by it

Pride and Prejudice, Vol 1, Ch 11

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Such low connections

The Bingley sisters discuss Jane’s chances of marrying well:

“I have an excessive regard for Jane Bennet, she is really a very sweet girl, and I wish with all my heart she were well settled. But with such a father and mother, and such low connections, I am afraid there is no chance of it.”

“I think I have heard you say, that their uncle is an attorney in Meryton.”

“Yes; and they have another, who lives somewhere near Cheapside.”

“That is capital,” added her sister, and they both laughed heartily.

“If they had uncles enough to fill all Cheapside,” cried Bingley, “it would not make them one jot less agreeable.”

“But it must very materially lessen their chance of marrying men of any consideration in the world,” replied Darcy.

Pride and Prejudice, Vol 1, Ch 8

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Entitled to think well of themselves

They were in fact very fine ladies . . . but proud and conceited. They were rather handsome, had been educated in one of the first private seminaries in town, had a fortune of twenty thousand pounds, were in the habit of spending more than they ought, and of associating with people of rank; and were therefore in every respect entitled to think well of themselves, and meanly of others.

Of Bingley’s sisters

Pride and Prejudice Vol. 1, Ch. 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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