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Teaser Tuesday: Emma, by Jane Austen (again)

August 29th, 2017 (03:22 pm)


• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• On your blog or other social media, share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers! Everyone loves Teaser Tuesday. Post a link at www.ThePurpleBooker.com/ as a response to the week's Teaser Tuesday.


I am still re-reading Jane Austen's novel, Emma. This quote is from Chapter 26 (or, in some editions, Volume 2, Chapter 8). The local gossip is all about Frank Churchill's insistence on traveling all the way to London -- a journey of sixteen miles each way -- just for a haircut. Many of Emma's neighbors find this to be evidence of foppery and a tendency toward frivolous self-indulgence. Emma is surprised, as well, but when he returns and accepts the criticism with good nature, Emma tries to make excuses for his behavior.


"He was quite as undaunted and as lively as ever; and after seeing him, Emma thus moralized to herself: 'I do not know whether it ought to be so, but certainly silly things do cease to be silly if they are done by sensible people in an impudent way. Wickedness is always wickedness, but folly is not always folly.'"

― Emma, by Jane Austen