The Best Quotes of Jane Austin’s Heroines

The Best Quotes of Jane Austin’s Heroines

Whether you’ve read Jane Austin or not, if you’ve ever taken an English lit class, you’ve no doubt heard of the British writer who created a legacy of intelligent, independent young heroines in a time where marriage was a woman’s chance at success.

What cemented Jane Austin’s legacy was not only her sharp wit and riveting romantic plots, but her intelligent and dynamic female heroines. Heroines that did not excel in their roles as women by societal standards – most of her protagonists are not talented artists or musicians as young women were meant to be – but instead were well-read, witty women that did not shy away from healthy self-examination.

Here are quotes from 5 of Jane Austin’s best heroines to help us all be more like them:

1. Elizabeth Bennet, “Pride and Prejudice”

Strong, witty and independent, Elizabeth Bennett is one of Jane Austin’s most well-known heroines of the iconic Pride and Prejudice.

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“There is a stubbornness about me that never can bear to be frightened at the will of others. My courage always rises at every attempt to intimidate me.”

“I hope I never ridicule what is wise and good. Follies and nonsense, whims and inconsistencies do divert me, I own, and I laugh at them whenever I can.

“How despicably I have acted!” she cried; “I, who have prided myself on my discernment! I, who have valued myself on my abilities! who have often disdained the generous candour of my sister, and gratified my vanity in useless or blameable mistrust! How humiliating is this discovery! . . . But vanity, not love, has been my folly.

 

2. Emma Woodhouse, “Emma”

Smart, charming, and fiercely independent, Emma Woodhouse is a wise and determined Jane Austin heroine that proves that even the strongest women can lose themselves in love and retain their strength and dignity.

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“I may have lost my heart, but not my self-control. ”

“A single woman, with a very narrow income, must be a ridiculous, disagreeable old maid! the proper sport of boys and girls, but a single woman, of good fortune, is always respectable, and may be as sensible and pleasant as any body else.”

“Where little minds belong to rich people in authority, I think they have a knack of swelling out, till they are quite as unmanageable as great ones.”

“Silly things do cease to be silly if they are done by sensible people in an impudent way.

 

3. Catherine Morland, “Northanger Abbey”

A day-dreamer that’s prone to flights of fancy, Catherine may let her imagination get the best of her at times, but Catherine’s maturation and growth over the course of Northanger Abbey is what makes her such a remarkable heroine.

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“It was a source of constant disappointment to Catherine Morland that her life did not more closely resemble her books. Or rather, that the books in which she found its likeness were so unexciting.

“Provided that nothing like useful knowledge could be gained from them, provided they were all story and no reflection, she had never any objection to books at all.

“She had nothing to do but to forgive herself and be happier than ever.”

“But when a young lady is to be a heroine, the perverseness of forty surrounding families cannot prevent her. Something must and will happen to throw a hero in her way.

 

4. Elinor Dashwood, “Sense and Sensibility”

Like most Austin heroines, Elinor is clever, witty and considerate – never flighty or hysterical -and finds the strength to take care of herself and her sister level-headedness, poise, and inner-strength.

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“I am afraid,” replied Elinor, “that the pleasantness of an employment does not always evince its propriety.”

“Sometimes one is guided by what they say of themselves, and very frequently by what other people say of them, without giving oneself time to deliberate and judge.

“I have many things to support me. I am not conscious of having provoked the disappointment by any imprudence of my own, and I have borne it as much as possible without spreading it farther.

 

5. Fanny Price, “Mansfield Park”

Shier and more timid than others that hold the title of Jane Austin heroines, Fanny is self-reflective and it is her quiet strength that saves her through the tumultuous plot of Mansfield Park.

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“I think it ought not to be set down as certain that a man must be acceptable to every woman he may happen to like himself.”

“I cannot think well of a man who sports with any woman’s feelings; and there may often be a great deal more suffered than a stander-by can judge of.”

“One cannot fix one’s eyes on the commonest natural production without finding food for a rambling fancy.

“When I look out on such a night as this, I feel as if there could be neither wickedness nor sorrow in the world; and there certainly would be less of both if the sublimity of Nature were more attended to, and people were carried more out of themselves by contemplating such scene.”

 

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Froelich’s Ladder – A Review

Froelich’s Ladder – A Review

Rating: 5 stars

Author: Jamie Duclos-Yourdon

Publisher: Forest Avenue Press

First of all, I had no idea what to expect with Froelich’s Ladder. A modern story? A fairy tale or folk tale? Set on the Western Front? With no expectations, i was sucked in from the very first page. This fast-paced, clever novel is ripe with quirky characters, assassins, the wild West, and magic.

Set around the premise of a deep-seated family feud, one brother is cursed to sit on the top of the fourth tallest ladder, until he goes missing. When he disappears into thin air (think clouds), his nephew, Gordy, sets off on a journey against all odds to find his uncle. The two girls he meets along the way, one with the most unfortunate name, the other with little more than a reputation, are strong, audacious and full of spirit. I really enjoyed each of the characters in Froelich’s Ladder and can honestly say that there was not a weak link. Each character was dynamic and full and added body to the story.

I really enjoyed the magical/ folktale aspect of Froelich’s Ladder. It is a pet peeve I have when magic is the solution to every conflict within a story. When a problem arises, the protagonist develops new “powers” or some new form of magic saves it. Froelich’s Ladder did a fantastic job of adding magical elements and themes, but creating conflicts that could be solved through wit and fast-thinking.

This novel is fast-paced, clever, and full of personality. The journey the characters undertake and the problems they must overcome connect them to one another. I would most definitely recommend this novel, and I was sad to see it end.

Click here to read on Goodreads.

 

The 9 Most Underrated Harry Potter Characters

The 9 Most Underrated Harry Potter Characters

We all know Harry wouldn’t have gotten anywhere without Hermione and that Dumbledore is still the wisest man we know. We have watched Neville Longbottom transform from a stuttering, blundering first year into a courageous, confident fighter, and we all went through too many emotions to name after learning the truth about the greasy bat of the dungeons, Severus Snape.

But what about all the other great characters that aren’t as well known or loved? Whether good, bad or ugly, these Harry Potter characters have one thing in common: they don’t get the attention they deserve.

1. Professor Sybill Trelawney

She may be bumbling, vague and possibly not as in tune to the “beyond” as she claims to be, but Hermione’s least favorite professor is the reason why Harry Potter became Harry Potter. The infamous prophesy she revealed to Dumbledore (about a boy who has the power to defeat The Dark Lord) is the reason Lord Voldemort hunted down James and Lily Potter. Without Trelawney, Harry, would have a lot fewer omens of death, and would probably not be the Boy Who Lived we all know and love.

2. Peeves the Poltergeist


At times we love him, and at times we hate him. A constant nuisance to Hogwarts and to its students, Peeves is one of the most mischievous ghosts to haunt the pages of Harry Potter. His sworn worst enemy is none other than Argus Filch (who can blame him) and he put his hijinks to good use when he used his powers of mischief against the deplorable Dolores Umbridge. Peeves’ legacy of pranks will put even Fred and George to shame, and he did not even make an appearance in the movies. 

3. Professor Horace Slughorn

Let’s face it, we all wanted to be invited to the “Slug Club” and hoped to be “collected.” As selective and flamboyant as Slughorn may be, he harbors the secret that is the key to the Dark Lord’s demise. His role may not be as heroic or ostentatious as others, but in humbling himself, and his legacy, Slughorn helped to save the fate of the Wizarding World. 

4. Kingsley Shacklebolt

We don’t get to see much of Kingsley, but he is a pivotal part of the Order of the Pheonix. Kingsley works at the Ministry of Magic and defends what he, and the Order, believe in, even while the Ministry of Magic falls to corruption and fear around him. There is a reason he is elected Minister after the Battle of Hogwarts.

5. Helena Ravenclaw (The Grey Lady)

Stealing her mother’s diadem, running away, and being murdered by a crazed ex-lover sounds more Shakespearean that Harry Potter, but alas, this is just Helena’s life before ghost-hood. Even when it would be easier to lie low and save herself, Helena decides (albeit begrudgingly) to help guide Harry Potter to her mother’s lost diadem (that just so happens to be a horcrux). Helen may not be the happiest, or most loved, of the Hogwarts ghosts, but her aid in Harry’s quest should not be forgotten. 

6. Remus Lupin

Known as “Moony” to some and “Professor” to others, you may argue that The Marauders get enough attention, but Professor Lupin as we all know and love him does not. While he has flaws (i.e. being a werewolf) he never lets his problems turn him into a victim. He is the kind of person who carries chocolate on him in case someone needs cheering up and is hands down the best Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher Harry ever had. 

7. Madame Pomfrey

Hogwarts would be nothing but one magical malady after another if it weren’t for Madame Pomfrey. It seems she can (and does) solve anything thrown her way from re-growing bones to un-petrifying students. The moment she really made a spot in our hearts was when she helped our favorite Gryffindor Hermione shrink down her teeth (and then some.) Madame Pomfrey has nothing but the safety and best interest of the students at heart and works tirelessly to do so.

8. Stan Shunpike and Ernie Prang

Basically the hippies of the magical world, these two men drive around in a magical bus all day picking up strangers and carrying them all over the Wizarding World. They’ve seen it all, been everywhere, and care not (they continue to call Harry “Neville” even after being corrected.) It may not be the hardest job and they may not be the most glamorous characters, but Stan and Ernie are not to be forgotten. 

9. Petunia Dursley

Cold, pretentious and hostile, Petunia Dursley looks down with scorn on all with gifts or abilities that she does not possess. At the heart of Petunia, though, is a girl struggling with regret and jealousy at not being born with magical abilities like her sister, Lily. While none of her actions are justified, Petunia struggles with human emotions we all can relate to as a muggle looking on the outside of a magical world.

These characters are ambitious, quirky and courageous in their own way. Though they may not ever get attention, or credit they deserve, their actions have an impact greater than they could imagine.

Do you agree?

What character do you love, that don’t get enough love from others?

10 Couples People Love That Are Actually Horrible

10 Couples People Love That Are Actually Horrible

Deep down we all love a good romance; all the tension, drama and fluffy goodness. While a good romance is full of conflict to keep you reading, it can be hard to distinguish between loving a story (or couple) for the story, and loving it for #RelationshipGoals.

Things start to get messy (i.e. destructive) when the couples we romanticize are seriously unhealthy.

These are some of the worst (and most loved couples) that are actually horrible.

1. Bella Swan and Edward Cullen, Twilight 


Isn’t it so romantic when your boyfriend sneaks into your room to watch you sleep, or when the constant threat of him killing you lurks over your head? When he’s away, don’t you just want to throw yourself off a cliff, or undergo permeant, life-ending changes just to be with him forever? Oh wait, no. There’s so much wrong about Bella and Edward’s relationship, but to put to it simply, never fall in love with someone who is struggling not to kill you. 

2. Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanon, The Great Gatsby


Obsession, extravagant parties, and false pretenses does not equal a fairytale love story. Jay Gatsby spends years crafting an entire life to impress Daisy Buchanan, who is wildly undeserving. When he reunites with his muse in the flesh, things quickly go to hell in a hand basket as he realizes that she can never live up to his vision of her. In short, all his work is a waste, and Dasiy runs back to her husband unscathed. Gatsby, on the other hand, isn’t so lucky.

3. Romeo and Juliet, Romeo and Juliet


Warring families, forbidden love, and teenage angst never work out in the end. Never. While Romeo and Juliet may be in love, without reason to guide them, it becomes a tragedy at the cost of many lives. 

4. Anastasia Steel and Chistian Grey, Fifty Shades of Grey 


For a complete answer, refer to the guidelines from the National Domestic Violence Hotline.

5. Harley Quinn and The Joker, Suicide Squad


The relationship between Harley and the Joker is irrevocably tied to abuse (mental and physical), mental illness and psychopathy. Harley is textbook victim material in that she falls in love with her abuser and repeatedly returns to him. The glorification and romanticization of this frighteningly abusive relationship should be alarming. #NotRelationshipGoals

6. Katness Everdeen and Peeta Mellark, The Hunger Games


First of all, no, I’m not Teem Gale. Katniss and Peeta’s relationship may grow and change through the books, but it is built on an extremely shaky foundation. The first step in their relationship was not killing each other. While the experiences they went through together may have brought them closer, a relationship that begins in deception and false pretenses is not a good one. 

7. Jaime and Cersei Lannister, Game of Thrones


Incest, people. Incest.

8. Aria Montgomery and Ezra Fitz, Pretty Little Liars


For some, a student/teacher relationship may seem romantic, but the reality of it is not. For a young woman (Aria was 15 when they first hooked up) to be involved romantically with an older man (especially a teacher) is dangerous and can cause a multitude of problems. In real life, if a male teacher has a relationship with his much younger student, he is a predator, taking advantage of student. And that’s just Season One. 

9. Catherine and Heathcliff, Wuthering Heights 

One of the most-loved couples, but also one of the worst. Catherine and Heathcliffe’s relationship is full of passion, angst, and mutual destruction. Most of their relationship is spent coming up with ways to hurt the other the most to make an impression and running through the Moors. (And yes, that is Tom Hardy in a wig.)

10. Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley, Harry Potter 


As strong and intelligent Hermione is, she needs somebody that is her equal, and while she and Ron may have a deep friendship, romantically they may not be the best fit. J.K. Rowling even said, “In some ways Hermione and Harry are a better fit and I’ll tell you something very strange. When I wrote Hallows, I felt this quite strongly when I had Hermione and Harry together in the tent!” The author also admitted that Hermione and Ron would need “relationship counseling.” I’m with Jo on this one.

If you think you’re noticing a theme between the couples, you’re right. The problem with most of these couples is that their love is self-serving. They put the feelings that their signifiant other inspire within them before their own well-being or sanity and in turn cause destruction to themselves and others around them.