Saturday, 16 January 2010

Quote of the Week by Linda - Week 91

This week I am still in Chapter 2 of “Emma” where we read about poor Mr. Woodhouse’s afflictions after losing Miss Taylor:

"His own stomach could bear nothing rich, and he could never believe other people to be different from himself."

Miss Austen is said to have only had a small circle of people to draw upon to construct her characters, but I do believe that she must have had quite a lot because she has described so many people of my own acquaintance. There really are people who ‘could never believe other people to be different from themselves.’

They carry it one step further and think that everyone should agree with every thing they say and do, and more specifically they know what is best for everyone. I have known one and it can be quite embarrassing. May our gentle readers fare better.

Linda the Librarian

Pic: Jane Austen's Emma (1997) from:

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