Thursday Quotables: Emma by Jane Austen

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Welcome back to Thursday Quotables! This weekly feature is the place to highlight a great quote, line, or passage discovered during your reading each week.  Whether it’s something funny, startling, gut-wrenching, or just really beautifully written, Thursday Quotables is where my favorite lines of the week will be, and you’re invited to join in!

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Emma by Jane Austen
(published 1815 )

It’s been many years since I first read Emma — and listening to the audiobook is just cracking me up. Here are just a few random moments that made me giggle:

On single women, according to Emma herself:

“Never mind, Harriet, I shall not be a poor old maid; and it is poverty only which makes celibacy contemptible to a generous public! A single woman, with a very narrow income, must be a ridiculous, disagreeable old maid! the proper sport of boys and girls, but a single woman, of good fortune, is always respectable, and may be as sensible and pleasant as any body else.”

On living dangerously, according to Mr. Woodhouse:

“Open the windows! – but surely, Mr. Churchill, nobody would think of opening the windows at Randalls. Nobody could be so imprudent! I never heard of such a thing. Dancing with open windows! – I am sure, neither your father nor Mrs. Weston (poor Miss Taylor that was) would suffer it.”

On fashion, according to Mrs. Elton:

“I have the greatest dislike to the idea of being over-trimmed — quite a horror of finery. I must put on a few ornaments now, because it is expected of me. A bride, you know, must appear like a bride…”

And a final health caution from Mr. Woodhouse:

“I am very sorry to hear, Miss Fairfax, of your being out this morning in the rain. Young ladies should take care of themselves. Young ladies are delicate plants. They should take care of their health and their complexion. My dear, did you change your stockings?”

What lines made you laugh, cry, or gasp this week? Do tell!

If you’d like to participate in Thursday Quotables, it’s really simple:

  • Write a Thursday Quotables post on your blog. Try to pick something from whatever you’re reading now. And please be sure to include a link back to Bookshelf Fantasies in your post (http://www.bookshelffantasies.com), if you’d be so kind!
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6 thoughts on “Thursday Quotables: Emma by Jane Austen

    • I haven’t read any classics in a while except with my book group, but every once in a while there’s one that I just love. Emma is so much fun. 🙂

    • I understand what you mean about classics. I’d read this one a while ago, but listening to the audiobook makes it so much fun! (It keeps surprising me with how funny it is.) Thanks for sharing your link!

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