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Austen-isms

As the Austenprose’s Pride and Prejudice Without the Zombies event winds down this week, I thought I’d share a few final thoughts.

First, if you haven’t been following the posts, I highly recommend you at least seek out the guest posts. These offer wonderful insights both to the novel and to Austen herself and the world she lived in. I must single out Vic from Jane Austen’s World for her impeccably researched and detailed articles on Austen era dress, dancing, music and food. Definite reads for any true Austen fan.

Second, if you’re at all interested in winning any of the Austen-related swag Austenprose is giving away, be sure to add your comments to any of the posts. The give-away drawings will be held next week, but you wouldn’t want to miss the chance to win. Winning is always fun, especially when the prize is Austen-ish.

Lastly, a few of my favorite quotes from Pride and Prejudice, as a testament both to the novel’s longevity and enduring charm. Many have tried to replicate her success, but in many ways, Jane Austen cannot be matched.

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife. – Narrator

Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance. – Charlotte Lucas

A lady’s imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony, in a moment. – Mr. Darcy

Laugh as much as you choose, but you will not laugh me out of my opinion. – Lizzie

It is particularly incumbent on those who never change their opinion, to be secure of judging properly at first. – Lizzie (oh, the irony!)

For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbors, and laugh at them in our turn? – Mr. Bennet

I cannot fix on the hour, or the look, or the words, which laid the foundation. It is too long ago. I was in the middle before I knew that I had begun. – Mr. Darcy

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5 Comments

  1. 1
    Posted July 15, 2010 at 10:43 AM | Link

    Thank you for your truly kind words. I love joining Laurel Ann in her book reads. Vic

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    Posted July 19, 2010 at 8:27 PM | Link

    I’m so happy to see Jane Austen’s World singled out for praise. When I became acquainted with Vic’s site, I was amazed at the scholarliness of it. I’ve enjoyed filling Vic’s requests for Austen-era recipes: Sally Lunn buns, pound cake and trifle. JAW is extraordinary. I look forward to working my way around LND as well. I’m sure I won’t be disappointed.

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    Meredith
    Posted July 20, 2010 at 3:35 PM | Link

    Thank you, Jean and Vic, for your lovely comments. I hope you stick around LND!

  4. 4
    Posted August 1, 2010 at 2:48 AM | Link

    OK Meredith. My apologies for my late thanks for your praise of my event and Jane Austen. Chalk up my negligence to total overload reading and writing during the event. Thanks again, Laurel Ann

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    Meredith
    Posted August 1, 2010 at 2:41 PM | Link

    Better late than never, right? Thanks for your comment! And I’m looking forward to the Georgette Heyer month. I’ve only read a few of her books, so hopefully this will be the perfect push to read some more.

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