The Novels of Jane Austen, Volume 8

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J. Grant, 1905
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The juvenilia included here, and Lady Susan, I absolutely loved. It's so much fun to see Austen being so playful and witty, unafraid of anything and just going full tilt. The Watsons I wasn't a huge ... Read full review

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Northanger Abbey: Such fun. This playful novel, filled with meta-references, send-ups to gothic tropes, &c., is right is my wheelhouse, and I absolutely loved it. Persuasion: It was really interesting ... Read full review

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Page 170 - Should not they walk? Would not Mr. Knightley shew them the gardens - all the gardens? - She wished to see the whole extent." - The pertinacity of her friend seemed more than she could bear. It was hot; and after walking some time over the gardens in a scattered, dispersed way, scarcely any three together, they insensibly followed one another to the delicious shade of a broad short avenue of limes, which stretching beyond the garden at an equal distance from the river, seemed the finish of the pleasure...
Page 1 - IT may be possible to do without dancing entirely. Instances have been known of young people passing many, many months successively, without being at any ball of any description, and no material injury accrue either to body or mind; — but when a beginning is made — when the felicities of rapid motion have once been, though slightly, felt — it must be a very heavy set that does not ask for more.
Page 242 - Emma's eyes were instantly withdrawn; and she sat silently meditating, in a fixed attitude, for a few minutes. A few minutes were sufficient for making her acquainted with her own heart. A mind like hers, once opening to suspicion, made rapid progress; she touched, she admitted, she 430 acknowledged the whole truth.
Page 278 - Seldom, very seldom, does complete truth belong to any human disclosure; seldom can it happen that something is not a little disguised, or a little mistaken...
Page 20 - Our poor ball must be quite given up." "Ah! that ball! — why did we wait for anything? — why not seize the pleasure at once? — How often is happiness destroyed by preparation, foolish preparation! — You told us it would be so. — Oh! Miss Woodhouse, why are you always so right?" "Indeed, I am very sorry to be right in this instance. I would much rather have been merry than wise.
Page 167 - It was so long since Emma had been at the Abbey, that as soon as she was satisfied of her father's comfort, she was glad to leave him, and look around her; eager to refresh and correct her memory with more particular observation, more exact understanding of a house and grounds which must ever be so interesting to her and all her family. She felt all the honest pride and complacency which her alliance with the present and future proprietor could fairly warrant...
Page 49 - Worse than I had supposed. Absolutely insufferable ! Knightley! — I could not have believed it. Knightley ! — never seen him in her life before, and call him Knightley ! and discover that he is a gentleman. A little upstart, vulgar being, with her Mr. E. and her cara sposo, and her resources, and all her airs of pert pretension and underbred finery.
Page 274 - Oh, then, don.t speak it, don't speak it," she eagerly cried. " Take a little time, consider, do not commit yourself." " Thank you," said he, in an accent of deep mortification, and not another syllable followed. Emma could not bear to give him pain. He was wishing to confide in her — perhaps to consult her; — cost her what it would, she would listen. She might assist his resolution, or reconcile him to it ; she might give just praise to Harriet, or, by representing to him his own independence,...
Page 253 - She had herself been first with him for many years past. She had not deserved it; she had often been negligent or perverse, slighting his advice, or even wilfully opposing him, insensible of half his merits, and quarrelling with him because he would not acknowledge her false and insolent estimate of her own — but still, from family attachment and habit, and thorough excellence of mind, he had loved her, and watched over her from a girl, with an endeavour to improve her, and an anxiety for her doing...
Page 194 - You, whom she had known from an infant, whom she had seen grow up from a period when her notice was an honour — to have you now, in thoughtless spirits, and the pride of the moment, laugh at her, humble her — and before her niece, too — and before others, many of whom (certainly some) would be entirely guided by your treatment of her.

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