Mainly Jane

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But from fifteen to seventeen she was in training for a heroine; she read all such works as heroines must read to supply their memories with those quotations which are so serviceable and so soothing in the vicissitudes of their eventful lives.
From Pope, she learnt to censure those who
“bear about the mockery of woe.”
From Gray, that
“Many a flower is born to blush unseen, “And waste its fragrance on the desert air.”
From Thompson, that —
“It is a delightful task “To teach the young idea how to shoot.”
And from Shakespeare she gained a great store of information — amongst the rest, that —
“Trifles light as air, “Are, to the jealous, confirmation strong, “As proofs of Holy Writ.”
That
“The poor beetle, which we tread upon, “In corporal sufferance feels a pang as great “As when a giant dies.”
And that a young woman in love always looks —
“like Patience on a monument “Smiling at Grief.”

But from fifteen to seventeen she was in training for a heroine; she read all such works as heroines must read to supply their memories with those quotations which are so serviceable and so soothing in the vicissitudes of their eventful lives.

From Pope, she learnt to censure those who

“bear about the mockery of woe.”

From Gray, that

“Many a flower is born to blush unseen,
“And waste its fragrance on the desert air.”

From Thompson, that —

“It is a delightful task
“To teach the young idea how to shoot.”

And from Shakespeare she gained a great store of information — amongst the rest, that —

“Trifles light as air,
“Are, to the jealous, confirmation strong,
“As proofs of Holy Writ.”

That

“The poor beetle, which we tread upon,
“In corporal sufferance feels a pang as great
“As when a giant dies.”

And that a young woman in love always looks —

“like Patience on a monument
“Smiling at Grief.”

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