Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Quotes: Courtesy. Courtship. Coward. Cows.

The idea in bold-face print is a summary of the quote. The number is the page on which the quote was found.

Courtesy 89 "Courtesy begets courtesy." Spanish. Dictionary of Foreign Terms

Courtship 47 He agreed with everything she said about books. "He [Willoughby] acquiesced in all her [Marianne’s] decisions, caught all her enthusiasm; and long before his visit concluded, they conversed with the familiarity of a long-established acquaintance…same books, the same passages were idolized by each—or if any difference appeared, any objection arose, it lasted no longer than till the force of her arguments and the brightness of her eyes could be displayed." Austen, Sense and Sensibility.

Courtship 47 If you two agree on everything what will you have to converse about? Elinor to Marianne: "But how is your acquaintance to be long supported, under such extraordinary dispatch of every subject for discourse?…will soon have exhausted each favorite topic; another meeting will suffice to explain his sentiments on picturesque beauty and second marriages, and then you can have nothing farther to ask." Austen, Sense and Sensibility.

Coward 40 "As cowardly as a coward is, it is not safe to call a coward a coward." Anon. Early 18th century. Gross, ed. Oxford Book of Aphorisms.

Cows 1372 Trying to find his sister who has been transformed by a god into a cow. "He wanted to come up with the cow, so as to examine her, and see if she would appear to know him, or whether there were any peculiarities to distinguish her from a thousand other cows, whose only business is to fill a milk pail, and sometimes kick it over." “The Dragon’s Teeth” Hawthorne, Tanglewood Tales

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