Undoubtedly ... there is a meanness in all the arts which ladies sometimes condescend to employ for captivation. What bears affini ty to cunning is despicable.

Jane Austen captivation cunning arts

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To look almost pretty, is an acquisition of higher delight to a girl who has been looking plain the first fifteen years of her lif e, than a beauty from her cradle can ever receive.

Jane Austen girls appearance prettiness

Children of the same family, the same blood, with the same first associations and habits, have some means of enjoyment in their po wer, which no subsequent connections can supply; and it must be by a long and unnatural estrangement, by a divorce which no subsequent connection can justify, if such precious remains of the earliest attachments are ever entirely outlived.

Jane Austen siblings childhood

What dreadful hot weather we have! It keeps me in a continual state of inelegance.

Jane Austen weather

Men have had every advantage of us in telling their own story. Education has been theirs in so much higher a degree; the pen has b een in their hands. I will not allow books to prove any thing.

Jane Austen men writers and writing books

Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance. If the dispositions of the parties are ever so well known to each other, or ever so similar before-hand, it does not advance their felicity in the least. They always continue to grow sufficiently unlike afterwards to have their share of vexation; and it is better to know as little as possible of the defects of the person with whom you are to pass your life.

Jane Austen marriage happiness spouse