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Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Jane Austen: The Power of a Single Word

In her demurely mischievous manner, Jane Austen frequently uses a single adjective or adverb to wonderful ironic effect. There are some memorable examples in Pride and Prejudice.

When Mr. Collins says things so stupid that his wife might feel ashamed, she 'wisely' does not hear; and when Bingley announces his engagement to Jane, his sister's 'congratulations to her brother on his approaching marriage were all that was affectionate and insincere.'