This week my quote of choice is from my favourite Austen novel, Emma. (And of course it gives me an excuse to post a picture of the gorgeous Knightley, which cannot be a bad thing...)
Towards the end of chapter nine, Emma is chatting with her father, and she comments:
"One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other."
(Emma, Penguin Edition 1996, p. 64)
This line 'gets me' every time. I love it! I always stop, and re-read it several times - taking me out of the novel for a moment, certainly, but it's too rich not too. I don't think any explanation will do this justice - but how well Jane knew human nature, and how succinctly she expressed it! It is so true that, "one half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other", and I suppose this is partly where our uniqueness, misunderstandings and beauty lie. Love it.
Pic: Mark Strong as Mr Knightley in A&E's Emma from: Jim's Blog