The Watsons: The Peace of Books

In his chamber, Emma was at peace from the dreadful the mortifications of an unequal society, and family discord–from the immediate endurance of  hard-hearted prosperity, low-minded conceit, wrong-headed folly, engrafted on an untoward disposition. —She still suffered from them in the contemplation of their existence; in memory and in prospect, but for the moment, she ceased to be tortured by their effects. —She was at leisure, she could read and think,—though her situation was hardly such as to make reflection very soothing.  The evils arising from the loss of her uncle were neither trifling, nor likely to lessen; and when thought had been freely indulged, in contrasting the past and the present, the employment of mind, the dissipation of unpleasant ideas which only reading could produce, made her thankfully turn to a book.

—Jane Austen, The Watsons


2 comments on “The Watsons: The Peace of Books

  1. Stefanie says:

    You know Austen must have been a bookworm herself since so many of her characters read and/ or find comfort in reading, Northanger Abbey being a satrical exception. But I love Austen for all her obvious bookwormy-ness 🙂

    • Sylvia says:

      Yes, she has a lot to say about reading habits–Emma, with her reading lists that she never gets to (*cough*); Mary, who always reads improving books; and of course Catherine and her hair-raising thrillers. 😀

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