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Written by Jasmine D
(11/1/2012 10:25 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, A favorite Jane Austen sentence!, penned by Cathy Allen
I don't know if I could pick a sentence, but this one gave me chuckle.
In Chapter 21, Elinor and Marianne meet the Miss Steeles. They are doting on the children. "Sweet little Annamaria" gets scratched by Lady Middleton's pin and starts wailing. They all do everything to make the child stop crying. But Jane Austen observes, "With such a reward for her tears, the child was too wise to cease crying."
So true! I've seen it happen so many times in my own interaction with parents and children.
I think Jane Austen would have raised some very sensible children, if she had been a mother...
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