HomeGroupsTalkZeitgeist
Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

Jane Austen's Little Instruction Book by…
Loading...

Jane Austen's Little Instruction Book (edition 1995)

by Jane Austen

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
521225,591 (2.9)1
Member:deedeeinfj
Title:Jane Austen's Little Instruction Book
Authors:Jane Austen
Info:Peter Pauper Press (1995), Hardcover
Collections:Your library
Rating:
Tags:austen

Work details

Jane Austen's Little Instruction Book by Sophia Bedford Pierce

None.

None
Loading...

Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 1 mention

This brief book is a collection of amusing sentences taken from Jane Austen's fiction. Printed at one per page, each one is attributed to the work from which its taken and when extracted from dialogue, to the character who delivered the line. Many are wry comments on life and on the relationships of men and women.

One problem is that because the extracted lines are presented out of context, their original meaning is often entirely lost. In particular, many are statements that Miss Austen presented ironically, in which she clearly meant precisely the opposite of what they said. Thus, the whole idea that the extracted lines constitute an "instruction book" is based on a fundamental misconception. The author thus does little justice to her source material.

Another problem is that some statements are wrongly attributed as to source. For example, the following line is delivered by Mr. Darcy at the famous dance scene in Pride and Prejudice: "A lady's imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony, in a moment." Darcy was gently chiding Miss Bingley, who was trying to get him to dance with Elizabeth Bennett. This book incorrectly attributes the statement to Miss Bennet herself, who was not even part of the conversational exchange -- and who (as anyone familiar with the book would know) would have never delivered such a line.

The author of this book specializes in small works full of sayings and proverbs that she has collected from various sources. It appears that she combed through Austen's work looking for such lines, without attention to their meaning or context. Fans of Miss Austen's works will likely find this little book a real disappointment. ( )
3 vote danielx | Jan 15, 2014 |
no reviews | add a review
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
People/Characters
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
Epigraph
Dedication
First words
Quotations
Last words
Disambiguation notice
edited by Sophia Bedford-Pierce
Publisher's editors
Blurbers
Publisher series
Original language

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English

None

Book description
Haiku summary

No descriptions found.

No library descriptions found.

Quick Links

Swap Ebooks Audio
5 wanted

Popular covers

Rating

Average: (2.9)
0.5
1 1
1.5
2 1
2.5
3
3.5 1
4 2
4.5
5

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.

 

You are using the new servers! | About | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 113,866,521 books! | Top bar: Always visible