Words I Wish I’d Written: Provision for Discourse

On every formal visit a child ought to be of the party, by way of provision for discourse. — Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility … [Read more...]

Words I Wish I’d Written: Barton Cottage

As a house, Barton Cottage, though small, was comfortable and compact; but as a cottage it was defective, for the building was regular, the roof was tiled, the window shutters were not painted green, nor were the walls covered with honeysuckles. — Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility … [Read more...]

Words I Wish I’d Written: Time and Conscience

The whole of Lucy’s behaviour in the affair, and the prosperity which crowned it, therefore, may be held forth as a most encouraging instance of what an earnest, an unceasing attention to self-interest, however its progress may be apparently obstructed, will do in securing every advantage of fortune, with no other sacrifice than that of time and conscience. — Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility … [Read more...]