Thursday, January 22, 2009

Quotes: Marriage (7)

Marriage 32 "Sir John [Middleton] was a sportsman, Lady Middleton a mother; he hunted and shot, and she humored her children; and these were their only resources…continual engagements at home and abroad, however, supplied all the deficiencies of nature and education; supported the good spirits of Sir John, and gave exercise to the good-breeding of his wife." Austen, Sense and Sensibility. The good marriage keeps both partners busy? RayS.

Marriage 112 "His [Mr. Palmer’s] temper might perhaps be a little soured by finding, like many others of his sex, that through some unaccountable bias in favor of beauty, he was the husband of a very silly woman…." Austen, Sense and Sensibility. Most men marry empty-headed beauties? RayS.

Marriage 118 "…Lady Middleton resigned herself to the idea of it, with all the philosophy of a well-bred woman, contenting herself with merely giving her husband a gentle reprimand on the subject five or six times every day." Austen, Sense and Sensibility. Most wives are naggers? RayS.

Marriage 194 "Well, it is the oddest thing to me, that a man should use such a pretty girl so ill; but when there is plenty of money on one side, and next to none on the other…." Austen, Sense and Sensibility. Money is the root of all marriage? RayS.

Marriage 276 Mrs. Jennings on Edward and Lucy: "Wait for his having a living!—Aye, we all know how that will end;--they will wait a twelvemonth, and finding no good comes of it, will set down upon a curacy of fifty pounds a year, with the interest of his two thousand pounds…then they will have a child every year! and Lord help ‘em! how poor they will be!" Austen, Sense and Sensibility. Children lead to living beyond one's means? RayS.

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