Special Sub-Topic: Austen's first and last lines
|'It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife'.|
Pride and Prejudice. The first line from 'Pride and Prejudice'
|'No one who had ever seen Catherine Morland in her infancy would have supposed her born to be an heroine'.|
Northanger Abbey. The first line from 'Northanger Abbey'
|'But, in spite of these deficiencies , the wishes, the hopes, the confidence, the predictions of the small band of true friends who witnessed the ceremony, were full answered in the perfect happiness of the union'.|
Emma. The last line of 'Emma'.
|'The family of -------- had long been settled in Sussex'.|
Sense and Sensibility. The first line of 'Sense and Sensibility'. The family was Dashwood.
|'She gloried in being a sailor's wife, but she must pay the tax of quick alarm for belonging to that profession, which is, if possible more distinguished in its domestic virtues than in its national importance'.|
Persuasion. The last line of 'Persuasion'.
|'About thirty years ago, Miss Maria Ward, of Huntingdon, with only seven thousand pounds had he good luck to captivate Sir ------ -------, of --------- ----'.|
Mansfield Park. The first line of 'Mansfield Park'. Miss Maria Ward captivated Sir Thomas Bertram.
|'Sir Walter Elliot, of Kellynch Hall, in Somersetshire, was a man who, for his own amusement, never took up a book but the Baronetage'.|
Persuasion. The first line of 'Persuasion', Austen's last published book.
|'And they were both ever sensible of the warmest gratitude towards the persons who, by bringing her into Derbyshire, had been the means of uniting them'.|
Pride and Prejudice. The last line of 'Pride and Prejudice', my favourite Austen book.
|'Though sisters, and living almost within sight of each other, they could live without disagreement between themselves, or producing coolness between their husbands'.|
|'---- ---------, handsome, clever and rich, with a comfortable home and happy disposition, seemed to unite some of the best blessings of existence'.|
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