Advice from Jane

I'm re-reading Pride and Prejudice again. Started just before Christmas and have been reading it for free from Google books off of my phone. This read-through, I am noticing the differences, particularly the omissions, of the various movie versions as compared to the original text. The other wonderful thing about a book over a movie is the ability to ponder, chew over, re-read and review. Like this paragraph, which I have done just such meditating of:

If gratitude and esteem are good foundations of affection, Elizabeth's change of sentiment will be neither improbable nor faulty. But if otherwise--if the regard springing from such sources is unreasonable or unnatural, in comparison of what is so often described as arising on a first interview with its object, and even before two words have been exchanged,--nothing can be said in her defence, except that she had given somewhat of a trial to the latter method in her partiality for Wickham, and that its ill success might, perhaps, authorise her to seek the other less interesting mode of attachment. 


So, a better way to fall in love is through gratitude and esteem rather than dazzling smiles and first impressions. In other words, nice guys ought to finish first.

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