“We have all a better guide in ourselves, if we would attend to it, than any other person can be.”

Fanny Price, Mansfield Park


“How quick come the reasons for approving what we like.”


“Run mad as often as you choose, but do not faint.”

Sophia, Love and Friendship

“I suppose there may be a hundred different ways of being in love.”

Emma Woodhouse, Emma


“The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel must be intolerably stupid.”

Henry Tilney, Northanger Abbey

“I could easily forgive his pride, if he had not mortified mine.” 

Elizabeth Bennet on Mr Darcy, Pride and Prejudice

“I wish, as well as everybody else, to be perfectly happy; but like everybody else, it must be in my own way.”

Elinor Dashwood, Sense and Sensibility

Review: Speaking of Jane Austen

Although it is difficult to imagine these two writers as sharing much in common with Austen, they came together during World War II to produce this delightful series of essays.

Elizabeth Jenkins

Elizabeth Jenkins was the author of 12 novels, the author of 12 biographies, and a founder of England’s Jane Austen Society (JAS). Jenkins was born on October 31, 1905, lived a long life, died on September 5, 2010, and among many honors was awarded an OBE in 1981. 

Book review of Mrs. Bennet Has Her Say by Jane Juska

This spring, I decided to select a novel to read from my collection of Jane Austen-related modern novels. I selected Mrs. Bennet Has Her Say by Jane Juska. The format was unusual as it was presented as a combination of journal entries by Mr. Bennet and letters by Mrs. Bennet to her sister, Jane.

It started with 9/11

My love of Jane Austen had actually been hatched years before, but my connection with other fans began when, unable to relax following the terrorist attacks, I wrote my heart out in my weekly column for the Journal Tribune in Biddeford.