I, like many of you, love all things "Jane Austen." Today in Deseret Book, I bought a tiny four by five inch purple book for the small sum of $5.95 titled JANE AUSTEN'S LITTLE INSTRUCTION BOOK. Each tiny page makes me smile . . . and think.
Here are a few of her instructions:
- "One cannot have too large a party." Mr. Weston, EMMA
- "Perfect happiness, even in memory, is not common." EMMA
- "It is very unfair to judge of anybody's conduct without an intimate knowledge of their situation." Emma Woodhouse, EMMA
- "Do not let us be frightened from a good deed by a trifle." Mrs. Norris, MANSFIELD PARK
- "Do not let your kindness defend what your judgement must censure." Marianne Dashwood, SENSE AND SENSIBILITY
- "Let us not desert one another." NORTHANGER ABBY
- "There is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of anything than a book!" Miss Bingley, PRIDE AND PREJUDICE
- "The liveliest effusions of wit and humour are conveyed to the world in the best chosen language." NORTHANGER ABBY
- "How quick come the reasons for approving what we like." PERSUASION
I do say that Ms. Austen has a fine mind. Each of these statements gives one food for deep thought.