Quoting Jane Austen

As many of those who know me are aware of, I constantly find myself quoting Jane Austen in everyday conversations. Dragging quotes of her into any situation where I think they fit in. Both from the books and the films, and indeed often from other period dramas too. One of the ones I most frequently make use of is Captain Wentworth’s line “I neither know nor care” which you can find in the 1995 film version. It is a very useful quote, and I use it all the time when I really don’t know or care about something! My mom told me today that she had been on the phone taking to a couple of friends, and as they were discussing something about doing things that you don’t like (I think it was), she used that quote! I must say it feels sort of like a victory for me; I’ve been persistent enough in getting my family interested in the Jane Austen world that even my mom (who hasn’t actually read a Jane Austen book yet! Horror of horrors! But I haven’t given up hope that she will one day.) is starting to quote her and her characters! 😉

I am sure it gets a little annoying for other people at times… My Austen addiction that is. When talking to my sister and my friends I often end up comparing people we are discussing to Jane Austen characters. Their personalities and their actions. For example; “he sounds very much like a Henry Crawford” or “this person has more Tilney qualities than Darcy qualities” or “this is the kind of situation Catherine Morland finds herself in”…!
I can say this here, without worrying, because I know that if you read my blog you are at least a little bit interested in Jane Austen, so you probably won’t find me too strange! ;P

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7 Responses to Quoting Jane Austen

  1. Camilla says:

    Aw! What could be more appropriate for you than to quote your favorite author? After all, that’s the title of this blog!!! : D
    Good luck on your parasol project!!!

  2. Aurora says:

    You are right, so it is. 🙂 I’m glad you don’t think me too strange. 😉

  3. That’s awesome! I use the characters as descriptions of people or my own faults too! It’s almost frustrating talking to someone who hasn’t read Austen before, as thy won’t have any idea what I’m talking about. I can’t say I necessarily quote directly, but I do frequently make hidden references to Jane Austen, the Bible, and history or trivia generally (sometimes technology or politics too). You sometimes have to watch for them, because frequently it’s not obvious how I have made the connection. My mind will patch together entirely unrelated things in the course of a sentence, that somehow make sense together.

    I’m impressed you have your family quoting! I’m nowhere near that with mine… You should hear my youngest sister complain on the subject, lol!

  4. Aurora says:

    I know exactly what you mean, it is extremely frustrating when people are not familiar with the characters, or even the books! Which unfortunately happens quite often here in Sweden… I am constantly amazed (and not pleasantly so) at how many people there are here who have no idea who Jane Austen is! It is most shocking!

    Haha, I can well imagine that you use quotes and references from all of the things you mentioned! I’m not sure that I am capable of hiding them like that, I believe they are usually pretty obvious when I use them! 😛

  5. Did something happen to prevent comments from working? hmm…

  6. Well, your experience in Sweden must be similar to mine in France… no one in my family has ever heard of Jane Austen over there… not even of the movies… which I find is pretty amazing. That said, after you left Bath, there was a group of 3-4 French ladies who showed up at the Jane Austen Festival (perhaps I just didn’t see them until then)… they were at the Country Dance at St. Swithins… and they told me that they were lucky just to have found out that each of them enjoyed Austen too, as France is quite unacquainted with our favorite.

    What bugs me, is when people in an English-speaking country don’t know about her… here at work, I’d say only about 30% of people know she exists… and most of those people are women (or people I’ve talked to about Austen)… and when they’ve heard of her, they frequently still cannot name a book she has written! The numbers do go up, however, within the homeschool community, where I would say most girls and many guys have heard of her and a decent number have read at least 2 of her works.

    Actually, the largest reason you can’t follow me, is simply because instead of a direct quote, I’ll say something that should theoretically and tangentially evoke such a thought. 😉

    The fact that you can remember the quotes verbatim, is quite impressive! I generally have to look them up to get the exact words… which is why I usually quote by implication. 😀

  7. Aurora says:

    I just don’t see how people can manage to avoid knowing who Jane Austen is! It is quite incomprehensible to me, I mean, she is so big, and you can find things connected with her anywhere almost! That said, until I was 14 I didn’t really know who she was myself. Which I must say I find extremely hard to imagine now!

    I do believe that the numbers are going up too. As we know, Jane has enjoyed a huge rise in popularity these last years. A lot of it thanks to all the new screen adaptations. But the amount of people not familiar with her and her work is still quite shocking! 🙂

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