Thursday, December 20, 2007

Quotes: Wit. Witchcraft. Wives and Husbands.

A fashionable person who has everything available to fill up her time still finds time to be vexed.
Wit 146 …and vexed her as much…as a person in Bath who drinks the water, gets all the new publications, and has a very large acquaintance, has time to be vexed. Austen, Persuasion.

I wouldn’t use that boat to cross a pond.
Wit 169 Admiral Croft: I wonder where that boat was built…I would not venture over a horse pond in it. Austen, Persuasion.

He has no fault except he is a commander.
Wit 171 Admiral Croft: He [Benwick] is a commander, it is true…but he has not another fault that I know of. Austen, Persuasion.

She was considered a witch because she was old, ugly and poor and had two sons, one of whom was a poet and the other a fool.
Witchcraft 67 Once upon a time there lived an old woman, called Janet Gellatley, who was suspected to be a witch, on the infallible grounds that she was very old, very ugly, very poor, and had two sons, one of whom was a poet, and the other a fool, which visitation, all the neighborhood agreed, had come upon her for the sin of witchcraft. Sir Walter Scott, Waverley.

Wives and Husbands
The only thing a woman can expect of a husband is to endure him.
Wives and husbands 202 “I think,” says she, “I might be brought to endure him, and that is all a reasonable woman should expect in a husband.” Steele, 5/15/1711. The Spectator.

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