'How pleasant it is to spend an evening in this way! I declare that after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! — When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.' No one made any reply. She then yawned again, threw aside her book, and cast her eyes round the room in quest of some amusement. — from Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen (1775-1817)
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January 30, 2013

The next morning


 
The next morning Miss Benn came again to hear the reading, but this time Jane was not as much pleased as she had been before. She thought that perhaps the work did not make its proper impression owing to Mrs. Austen's reading too rapidly and without giving the conversations their proper emphasis. 'Though she perfectly understood the characters herself, she cannot speak as they ought.' 'Upon the whole, however,' Jane said, 'I am quite vain enough and well satisfied enough. 'In the fullness of her glee, she added:  '(It) is rather too light, and bright, and sparkling; it wants shade; it wants to be stretched out here and there with a long chapter of sense, if it could be had; if not, of solemn specious nonsense, about something unconnected with the story; an essay on writing, a critique of Walter Scott, or the history of Bonaparte, or anything that would form a contrast and bring the reader with increased delight to the playfulness and epigrammatism of the general style.'
from Jane Austen:  a biography, by Elizabeth Jenkins

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1 comment:

Lisa May said...

I love JA's comments on her books, particularly this one, where you can hear her pride and joy.

My copy of What Matters in Austen has arrived but is currently locked up in the management office, so I have to wait til tomorrow.

Thank you for visiting!

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