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|Robert Ferrars is excessively fond of cottages
Written by Barbara
(10/5/2009 3:24 p.m.)
Another JA character, Sir Edward Denham in Sanditon, has similarily foolish ideas about cottages:
He is "running up a tasteful little cottage orné" on a strip of land at the seaside resort and likes to arrange 'viewing parties' to go and see it.
"I hope I can persuade you to perambulate as far as my precious little cottage orne, which is now so nearly finished that l prognosticate prevenient tenants. Your comments will be of such ineffable use. The cottage needs a woman's discrimination to tell me what is now lacking there."
Here is a note on them from an online book:
Here is a post (linked below) from the L&T archives explaining about the architect Bonomi, whose cottage plans Robert claims to have thrown into the fire.
"Elinor agreed with it all, for she did not think he deserved the compliment of rational opposition." --this is possibly my favourite line from Jane Austen anywhere. It is certainly the one I say most often to myself!
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