Quotes from Austen's Characters

"Good God! Willoughby, what is the meaning of this? Have you not received my letters?" Marianne, Sense & Sensibility, 149

"In this state of her spirits, a letter was delivered to her from the post, which contained a proposal particularly well timed." On Mrs. Dashwood, Sense & Sensibility, 19

"While they were at breakfast the letters were brought in. Among the rest there was one for Colonel Brandon; -- he took it, looked at the direction, changed colour, and immediately left the room." Sense & Sensibility, 56

"The next morning brought Elinor a letter by the two-penny post, from Lucy herself." Sense & Sensibility, 233

"... her sister justified by the receipt of two letters from her at once, on one of which was marked that it had been missent elsewhere. Elizabeth was not surprised at it, as Jane had written the direction remarkably ill.... The one missent must be first attended to; it had been written five days ago." Pride & Prejudice, 174

"I have just had a letter from Jane, with such dreadful news. It cannot be concealed from any one." Elizabeth, Pride & Prejudice, 176

"Every day at Longbourn was now a day of anxiety; but the most anxious part of each was when the post was expected. The arrival of letters was the first grand object of every morning's impatience." Pride & Prejudice, 189

"The letter shall certainly be burnt, if you believe it essential to the preservation of my regard." Elizabeth, Pride and Prejudice, 236

"You ought certainly to forgive them as a christian, but never admit them in your sight, or allow their names to be mentioned in your hearing." from Mr. Collin's letter to Mr. Bennet, Pride & Prejudice, 233

"Console Lady Catherine as well as you can. But, if I were you, I would stand by the nephew. He has more to give." from Mr. Bennet's letter to Mr. Collins, Pride & Prejudice, 246

"You pierce my soul." from Wentworth's letter to Anne, Persuasion, 158

"Such a letter was not soon to be recovered from." on Anne, Persuasion, 158

"... my first visit to Kellynch will be with a surveyor, to tell me how to bring it with best advantage to the hammer." from Mr. Elliot's letter to Mr. Smith, Persuasion, 135

"Such a letter could not be read without putting Anne in a glow.... She was obliged to recollect that her seeing the letter was a violation of the laws of honour ... that no private correspondence could bear the eye of others...." Persuasion, 135

"I was with Mr. Cole on business an hour and half ago. He had just read Mr. Elton's letter as I was shewn in, and handed it to me directly." Mr. Knightley, Emma, 110

"She was pondering, in the mean while, upon the possibility, without seeming very rude, of making her escape from Jane Fairfax's letter ...." Emma, 100

"The post office is a wonderful establishment! ... The regularity and dispatch of it! it is really astonishing!" Jane Fairfax, Emma, xxx

"... in general she fills the whole paper and crosses half. My mother often wonders that I can make it out so well." Miss Bates on Jane Fairfax, Emma, 99 (Once the page was filled, writers often began a new page directly on top of the old by writing at a right angle [Modert 345].)


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Quotes from Austen's Characters