A truth universally acknowledged

“The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.”

Yesterday, 16th December, marked the birthday of Jane Austen (237th birthday to be exact.) So I thought I would mark the occasion with two quotes from Jane, who provided us with so many memorable novels as well as a snapshot of wit and social commentary on the lives of women in the early 19th Century. Not to mention some much loved heroines and dashing men for them to fall in love with.

The above quote I can imagine being said in such a matter-of-fact way that those listening to it could be in no doubt that she was right. I couldn’t quote Austen, however, without a couple of lines from Pride and Prejudice making their way to the forefront:

 “In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.”



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