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It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife n In every power, of which taste is the foundation, excellence is pretty fairly divided between the sexes n One does not love a place the less for having suffered in it, unless it has been all suffering, nothing but suffering n Seven years would be insufficient to make some people acquainted with each other, and seven days are more than enough for others n It darted through her with the speed of an arrow that Mr. Knightley must marry no one but herself! n We have all a better guide in ourselves, if we would attend to it, than any other person can be n A lady’s imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony, in a moment n I must speak to you by such means as are within my reach. You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such I am ashamed to say that I have been very lax on the book reading of late. A combination of precious feelings are gone forever having a full-time job along with writing and anything else that comes up in my spare time has left n But when a young lady is to me wanting to do nothing more than cuddle up in bed and watch some trashy TV before nodding off. be a heroine, the perverseness of I have vowed to rectify this problem, however! The pile of books on my ‘to read’ pile is so big that forty surrounding families cannot I’ve actually had to make them into two piles. prevent her. Something must and will happen to ~ throw a hero in A few weeks ago I found myself in one of those bookshops that as soon as you walk into, you want her way n I cannot make speeches, to walk out. Where Katie Price’s autobiography is in pride of place on a large display with a big red Emma... If I loved you less, I might sticker saying 70% off. As I turned to leave, a stand of Wordsworth’s Classics caught my eye. 3 for be able to talk about it more n I 2. I figured that I may as well make the most of it. cannot think well of a man who sports I love the romance of old books, and know a lot of them inside out from having watched adaptations with any woman’s feelings; and over again and swooning when the male lead says something that only a fictional man would ever say. there may often be a great deal more But when it comes to having read the actual books, I should be ashamed. So I took the opportunity suffered than a stander-by can to fill up my bookshelf with something other than Jane Green and Sophie Kinsella. judge of n It has been coming on I managed to get my hands on ‘The Great Gatsby’, ‘North and South’, ‘Tess of the D’Urbervilles’, so gradually, that I hardly know ‘Lady Chatterley’s Lover’, ‘Lorna Doone’ and ‘Jane Eyre’ (which I can’t believe I’ve never read!). And when it began. But I believe I must do you think I have picked up a single one of these books and read it since I bought them? No. I date it from my first seeing his must do better. beautiful grounds ~ at Pemberley n When the romantic I’ve just sorted through everything I own, including all my books. A lot of them I had forgotten that refinements of a young mind are obliged to I had, but when it came to some that I had the urge to read again, I couldn’t find them anywhere. give way, how frequently are Books from my childhood that I loved. they succeeded After searching all over the house I finally gave in and accepted that they were gone and never by such opinions as are but too common and too coming back. dangerous! n A I just couldn’t work out how so many books could have just disappeared, when it hit me. Before going man does not recover from such a devotion of to university I’d had an ‘I’m a grown up now’ clearout and made piles of books to keep, and books the heart to such that I was too old for. They were all then put into boxes for my Dad to take to the charity shop, for a woman! He someone else to love. Unfortunately it seems that one of my ‘keep’ boxes was taken away. ought not; he does not n It’s such a All I can say is thank God for Amazon Marketplace, where you can buy second-hand books for next happiness when good people get to nothing. I’ve replaced all the ones I can remember, and that will have to do. together - and ~ they always do n Selfishness must always I was talking to a friend who has recently written a book, she has loaded it online for people be forgiven, you to download and read. She asked me if I often download books from the internet and if I had know, because there is no hope one of those e-readers you can buy. Without intending to offend I gave her a horrifed ‘No!’ and of a cure n The immediately felt guilty afterwards. mere habit of learning to love I’m glad that she has found a way to get her book out to the public and gain some publicity, but I is the thing; and a teachableness just hate the idea of reading a book on a screen. I’m all for new technology - downloading music of disposition in a young lady is and online magazines, but a digital book just seems cold to me. Long live the printed novel! a great blessing ~ n They gave themselves up My friend sent me a book through snail mail the other day, ‘Evelina’ by Frances Burney. I’ve never wholly to their sorrow, seeking actually heard of her but my friend promises me that she is an earlier version of Austen. I shall let increase of wretchedness in you all know how I get on... every reflection that could ~ afford it, and I’m headed to Bath next month, a setting in both Persuasion and Northanger Abbey, and home of resolved against ever admitting the Jane Austen Centre. No doubt me and my friend shall be wandering through the Assembly and consolation in Pump Rooms quoting Jane. Can’t wait! future n It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.

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