Mrs. Croft always met her with a kindness which gave her the pleasure of fancying herself a favourite…
- Persuasion, Chapter 13
I think this scene, from the 1995 adaptation of Persuasion, is very interesting in how it contrasts Anne’s relationships with Lady Russell and Mrs Croft. Yes, technically a lady like Anne would never run across the Pump Room like that, but I love the sheer joy on her face and on Mrs Croft’s face when they are reunited!
"…and I had not got three yards from the door, when he came after me, only to say, if I was going to Hartfield, he thought I had much better go round by Mr. Cole’s stables, for I should find the near way quite floated by this rain. Oh! dear, I thought it would have been the death of me! So I said, I was very much obliged to him: you know I could not do less; and then he went back to Elizabeth, and I came round by the stables — I believe I did — but I hardly knew where I was, or any thing about it. Oh! Miss Woodhouse, I would rather done any thing than have had it happen: and yet, you know, there was a sort of satisfaction in seeing him behave so pleasantly and so kindly!"
- Robert Martin and Harriet Smith being adorable,
Emma, Chapter 21
In 1800, Christmas was nothing like the commercial bean feast it has become today: there were no decorated Christmas trees for example and few gifts were exchanged. Furthermore, there was no carolling, no stockings hung by the chimney and no Christmas cards. These only became available (in black and white of course) and affordable in the 1840s with the introduction of the penny post. Equally, Santa Claus, or St Nicholas with his luxuriant white beard, did not become a central figure in English Christmas celebrations until well into the nineteenth century. Jane Austen herself made few references to the actual
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Yes yes yes!
This could be a picture of my kitchen table! If I had such a pretty tablecloth.
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Molly Gibson and Cynthia Kirkpatrick
Greer Garson as Elizabeth Bennet, 1940
And Fanny, what was she doing and thinking all this while? and what was her opinion of the newcomers? Few young ladies of eighteen could be less called on to speak their opinion than Fanny.
- Mansfield Park, Chapter 5
She fell asleep, hoping for some brightness, either internal or external. But if she had known how long it would be before the brightness came, her heart would have sunk low down.
- North and South, Chapter 8