I declare!

At length, quite exhausted by the attempt to be amused with her own book, which she had only chosen because it was the second volume of his, she gave a great yawn and said, “How pleasant it is to spend an evening in this way! I declare 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…

—Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

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5 comments on “I declare!

  1. susan says:

    Bingley's sister?

  2. susan says:

    I LOVE Mr. Darcy. I discovered Jane Austen when I was in 7th grade. Before I knew it I was peppering my schoolwork with words like “fortnight” and “aforementioned.”
    I'm going to check out the Pemberly site! Looks perfect for some Jane Austen related procratination!!!

  3. Stefanie says:

    I love P&P. I always felt a little sorry for Miss Bingley, she wanted Darcy so badly and hopelessly and in a book where everyone ends up married in the end, Miss Bingley is still all alone. That said, I still don't like her 🙂

  4. Cipriano says:

    I have a confession to make, of which I am NOT proud in the slightest.
    On my bookshelf here I have an utterly gorgeous, matched set of Austen novels, and I have never read a one of them.
    Should I be drawn and quartered?
    Right beside them I have a biography of Austen, by Claire Tomalin. Have never opened it. I should be shot, and I know it.
    My own hero, C.S. Lewis, very much praised Austen's work, every chance he go to do so.
    What is wrong with me?
    I love the quote from Pride and Prejudice. It makes me want to begin right there, pull the book from the shelf and read it. I so agree with that statement, “there is no enjoyment like reading.”
    There are other enjoyments that are pretty good…. but none LIKE reading.
    Thank you for reminding me of Jane!

  5. Sylvia says:

    Are you sure that matched set is the approved version of her works? If you would like to send them to me I would be happy to vet them for you. Really, it would be no problem.
    Seriously, don't start with that quote, start with what is one of the most famous first lines ever: (all together now!)
    It is a fact universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.

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