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Gone fishin'

By Deborah Yaffe, Jul 23 2015 01:00PM

I interrupt this week’s blogging to take a short vacation. Luckily, Jane Austen – in the person of Elizabeth Bennet -- had something to say on the subject of anticipated holiday happiness, and the nearly inevitable silliness of travelers:


“Oh! what hours of transport we shall spend! And when we do return, it shall not be like other travelers, without being able to give one accurate idea of anything. We will know where we have gone -- we will recollect what we have seen. Lakes, mountains, and rivers shall not be jumbled together in our imaginations; nor, when we attempt to describe any particular scene, will we begin quarrelling about its relative situation. Let our first effusions be less insupportable than those of the generality of travelers."

(Pride and Prejudice, ch. 27)


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