Pride and Prejudice and Lta

"Would Darcy have married Elizabeth anywhere else but in the City of Invention..."
"[Jane Austen] gave herself, through her writing, another life that out-ran her own; a literary life."
"Austen's books are studded with fathers indifferent to their families (in particular their daughters') welfare, male whims taking priority, then as now, over female happiness."
"It takes great courage and persistence to swim against the stream of communal ideas."
"Their father taught them the classics."
"If you weren’t the maid, you…would be on the farm, cooking, cleaning, washing clothes – and carrying the water, and chopping the wood and lighting the boiler to heat it…If you…fled to the city to improve your life, you could…learn the traditional women’s trades of millinery, embroidery, or seaming, or you could be a chimney sweep…or you could become a butcher…or a prostitute – 70,000, they reckoned, in London at the turn of the century, out of a population of some 900,000.”
"No wonder Mrs Bennet, driven half- mad by anxiety for her five unmarried daughters..."
"I know your father feels that feminists…. Are dangerous to the structure of society in general and marriage in particular."
"[The governess] too the girls to South Hampton...where they both became dangerously ill with a putrid fever."
"The girls are glad enough, they say, to escape the hunger and poverty of their own lands."
"Any woman who waits upon her husband as a servant upon a master"
“Child, you don’t know how lucky you are,”
“Alice, by your standards, it was a horrible time to be alive,”

"A woman must have a thorough knowledge of music, singing, drawing, dancing, and the modern languages, to deserve the word and besides all this, she must possess a certain something in her air and manner of walking, the tone of her voice, her address and expressions, or the word will be but half deserved.”
"Without thinking highly either of men or of matrimony, marriage had always been her object; it was the only...