Jane Austen

Lady Susan

    Kingahas quoted2 months ago
    Oh, how delightful it was to watch the variations of his countenance while I spoke! to see the struggle between returning tenderness and the remains of displeasure. There is something agreeable in feelings so easily worked on; not that I envy him their possession, nor would, for the world, have such myself; but they are very convenient when one wishes to influence the passions of another.
    Kingahas quoted2 months ago
    is a fool indeed who, while insulted by accusation, can be worked on by compliments
    Kingahas quoted2 months ago
    Much good may such love do him! I shall ever despise the man who can be gratified by the passion which he never wished to inspire, nor solicited the avowal of. I shall always detest them both.
    Kingahas quoted2 months ago
    Her mother has insinuated that her temper is intractable, but I never saw a face less indicative of any evil disposition than hers
    Kingahas quoted2 months ago
    As to Mrs. Mainwaring's jealousy it was totally his own invention, and his account of her attaching Miss Mainwaring's lover was scarcely better founded.
    Kingahas quoted2 months ago
    I blame myself severely for having so easily believed the slanderous tales invented by Charles Smith to the prejudice of Lady Susan, as I am now convinced how greatly they have traduced her.
    Kingahas quoted2 months ago
    I see plainly that she is uneasy at my progress in the good opinion of her brother, and conclude that nothing will be wanting on her part to counteract me; but having once made him doubt the justice of her opinion of me, I think I may defy, her. It has been delightful to me to watch his advances towards intimacy, especially to observe his altered manner in consequence of my repressing by the cool dignity of my deportment his insolent approach to direct familiarity. My conduct has been equally guarded from the first, and I never behaved less like a coquette in the whole course of my life, though perhaps my desire of dominion was never more decided. I have subdued him entirely by sentiment and serious conversation, and made him, I may venture to say, at least half in love with me, without the semblance of the most commonplace flirtation. Mrs. Vernon's consciousness of deserving every sort of revenge that it can be in my power to inflict for her ill-offices could alone enable her to perceive that I am actuated by any design in behaviour so gentle and unpretending. Let her think and act as she chooses, however. I have never yet found that the advice of a sister could prevent a young man's being in love if he chose.
    Kingahas quoted2 months ago
    when I lamented, in reply, the badness of her disposition, he observed that whatever might have been her errors they were to be imputed to her neglected education and early marriage, and that she was altogether a wonderful woman.
    Kingahas quoted2 months ago
    There is exquisite pleasure in subduing an insolent spirit, in making a person predetermined to dislike acknowledge one's superiority. I have disconcerted him already by my calm reserve, and it shall be my endeavour to humble the pride of these self important De Courcys still lower, to convince Mrs. Vernon that her sisterly cautions have been bestowed in vain, and to persuade Reginald that she has scandalously belied me.
    Kingahas quoted2 months ago
    instead of adopting so harsh a measure merely propose to make it her own choice, by rendering her thoroughly uncomfortable till she does accept him
    Kingahas quoted2 months ago
    though, as his brother's widow, and in narrow circumstances, it was proper to render her pecuniary assistance, I cannot help thinking his pressing invitation to her to visit us at Churchhill perfectly unnecessary.
    jjochocohas quotedlast year
    She is clever and agreeable, has all that knowledge of the world which makes conversation easy, and talks very well,
    jjochocohas quotedlast year
    but I must own myself rather romantic in that respect, and that riches only will not satisfy me.
    cansadadeserfelizhas quotedlast year
    You know on what I ground my hope
    Marissa Schwartzhas quoted5 years ago
    by dismissing him at once after this reconciliation, or by marrying and teazing him for ever.
    Marissa Schwartzhas quoted5 years ago
    Humbled as he now is, I cannot forgive him such an instance of pride, and am doubtful whether I ought not to punish him
    Marissa Schwartzhas quoted5 years ago
    "Frederica never does justice to herself; her manners are shy and childish, and besides she is afraid of me. During her poor father's life she was a spoilt child; the severity which it has since been necessary for me to show has alienated her affection;
    Marissa Schwartzhas quoted5 years ago
    Much good may such love do him! I shall ever despise the man who can be gratified by the passion which he never wished to inspire, nor solicited the avowal of. I shall always detest them both. He can have no true regard for me, or he would not have listened to her;
    Marissa Schwartzhas quoted5 years ago
    Charles Vernon or his wife, and they had therefore no pretence for interference; though my impertinent sister, I believe, wanted only opportunity for doing so.
    Marissa Schwartzhas quoted5 years ago
    but I had positively forbidden Frederica complaining to
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