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My book contest for Fashion in the Time of Jane Austen closed last month. The comments were outstanding and I loved every one of the quotes that were submitted. Every week, I will post another 5 – 10 until every quote has been featured. For those who cannot wait to read all 164 of them, click on this link.

Sami Abate: My favorite line would have to be what got me to read my first Austen novel, finally, in my thirties. It was a line from Emma I saw in a trailer for the BBC/PBS special…In the novel “then don’t speak it, don’t speak it. Take a little time, consider, do not commit yourself.”

Elizabeth: “There are few people in England, I suppose, who have more true enjoyment of music than myself, or a better natural taste. If I had ever learnt, I should have been a great proficient.” – Lady Catherine to Darcy, Pride and Prejudice

Jessica: “The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.” -Henry Tilney, Northanger Abbey, Chapter 14  (I love throwing this out there when ever someone tells me that I read too much or that I should stop reading.)

Cyn Hatmaker: “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” – Pride & Prejudice, Chapter 1  (for me, this sums up the book in several points; some of which I’m still learning even after reading P&P more times than I can remember!)

aracir: “A man does not recover from such a devotion of the heart to such a woman! He ought not; he does not.” ~ Capt. Wentworth

Blair: “Where youth and diffidence are united, it requires uncommon steadiness of reason to resist the attraction of being called the most charming girl in the world.”

Olivia: “… if she should die, it would be a comfort to know that it was all in pursuit of Mr Bingley, and under your orders.” – Mr. Bennet, Pride and Prejudice (It just says so much!)

Lauren: “It is not every one,” said Elinor, “who has your passion for dead leaves.” Sense and Sensibility (LOVE this giveaway! Book looks fab!)

Gehayi: My favorite bit ends in the middle of a sentence. “They came from Birmingham, which is not a place to promise much, you know, Mr. Weston. One has not great hopes from Birmingham. I always say there is something direful in the sound: but nothing more is positively known of the Tupmans, though a good many things I assure you are suspected; and yet by their manners they evidently think themselves equal even to my brother, Mr. Suckling, who happens to be one of their nearest neighbours.” – Chapter 36 of Emma

Barbara: ” Yes,” replied Darcy, who could contain himself no longer, “but that was only when I first knew her, for it is many months since I have considered her as one of the handsomest women of my acquaintance.” -Darcy, speaking to Miss Bingley about Lizzie.


No,” he calmly replied, “there is but one married woman in the world whom I can ever allow to invite what guests she pleases to Donwell, and that one is — ”

“Mrs. Weston, I suppose,” interrupted Mrs. Elton, rather mortified.

“No — Mrs. Knightley; and, till she is in being, I will manage such matters myself.” – Mrs. Elton and Mr. Knightly from Emma Chapter 42

Laurie :@ Little Blue Chairs  “I cannot fix on the hour, or the look, or the words, which laid the foundation. It is too long ago. I was in the middle before I knew that I had begun.”- Darcy, Pride and Prejudice

Raquel: …and feeling in herself the right of seniority of mind, she ventured to recommend a larger allowance of prose in his daily study… Persuasion, Ch. 11

Denise: I have several quotes that are my favorite. But I think this one below is very true towards myself.  “All the privilege I claim for my own sex… is that of loving longest, when existence or when hope is gone.” –Anne Elliot

Elizabeth K: Woman is fine for her own satisfaction alone.  – Northanger Abbey

Nikki Markle: “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife”

Katherine : I love this quote from Persuasion, it’s so beautiful and heart wrenching:  “…There could have been no two hearts so open, no tastes so simliar, no feelings so in unison, no countenances so beloved. Now they were as strangers; nay, worse than strangers, for they could never become aquainted. It was a perpetual estrangement.”

Christine H.: I have so many! My current favorite: “For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbours and laugh at them in our turn?” ~Pride & Prejudice

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The Novels and Letters of Jane Austen, 1915, a digitized book on the Internet Archive, contains illustrations by C.E. and H.M. Brock.  Click on the link to read Northanger Abbey.

Northanger Abbey, Brock illustration, Jane Austen

“The General attended her himself to the street door, making her one of the most graceful bows she had ever beheld when they parted.”

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At the end of the 19th century and beginning of the 20th century, the Brock Brothers, Charles Edmund and Henry Matthew, created the illustrations that we have come to associate with Jane Austen’s novels (C.E.) and other classics (H.M.). Find an excellent short description of the differences in the brothers’ styles in the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum link below.

Charles Brock (1870-1938), a skilled colourist who studied art briefly with sculptor Henry Wiles, is best known for his line work and delicate illustrations for Jane Austen’s novels. This PDF New York Times article from 1912, To Please the Eye, offers a contemporary and glowing review of one of his illustrated novels. Charles shared a studio with his younger brother Henry, who was born in 1875. Henry studied at the Cambridge School of Art and by the early 1900s was one of Britain’s most popular illustrators. The younger brother lived until the 1960’s, and some of his vintage illustrations are still quite fresh today

Learn more about the brothers in the links below:

  • Click here for more information and a contemporary assessment about the brothers in English Book-illustration of Today By Rose Esther Dorothea Sketchley, Alfred W. Pollard, 1903.

Illustration: C.E. Brock, Emma

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