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Tuesday, 15 January 2008


Nice quotations.
Making the most of my current reading of Pride and Prejudice, I can offer a suggestion by Jane Austen about how to be successful with a woman.
Miss Bingley remembers that Mr Darcy said about Elizabeth Bennet:
'She a beauty! - I should as soon call her mother a wit.' (Volume 3 chapter 3)
So utterly funny! How could Miss bingley not love Mr Darcy? Well, she probably didn't realise how funny it is but it worked! And criticizing a woman and her mother in the same sentence is such a brilliant idea!

I have now reached volume 3 chapter 10: Lydia is married to Wickham and Elizabeth is aware of Mr Darcy's help to make the marriage possible.

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