Why do we set so much store by marriage? Jane Austen was fascinated by this question, subjecting it to her forensic eye and wonderfully ironic wit again and again. Here are stolen glances and nervous advances, meddling parents and self-important cousins, society whisperings and the fluttering hearts of young lovers. All of them have their own views and expectations of marriage, and Austen’s are the wisest of all.
Selected from the novels Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion by Jane Austen.
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English darling of literature Jane Austen is best known for her novels, including Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility and Emma. Her incredible writing is known for its humour, realism and irony and has been adored by readers around the globe since her untimely death aged 41 in 1887. Here are ten Austen quotes that capture her perfectly.