Austen's Poignant Chatter

Jane Austen has a particularly brilliant way of revealing human and societal truths through dialogue, so I post this to challenge a distinguished friend of mine who has said otherwise:

"We can all begin freely—a slight preference is natural enough; but there are very few of us who have heart enough to be really in love without encouragement. In nine cases out of ten a women had better show more affection than she feels. Bingley likes your sister undoubtedly; but he may never do more than like her, if she does not help him on." - Charlotte Lucas, Pride and Prejudice.

Now, is this not a truth thats ever present, yet rarely acknowledged?


I have known very few women who have been able to discover a man's true character until after they have "secured him", as Miss Lucas phrases it.  It seems we must feel safe before we unveil our beauty to them.  I am sure this is true of the corresponding gender. To what lengths we go to in pursuit of demonstrating our affection? We are silly, we are jealous, we bat our eyes, and sneak a smile ... or wait, that's just me ;) Well, it seems a little ridiculous and maybe we should all just grow up! Now, how do I do that...?

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