Monday, December 22, 2008

A Jane Austen character speaks

Lady Bertram? We are ready for you. Go ahead, please:

"Mr Rushworth," said Lady Bertram, "if I were you, I would have a very pretty shrubbery. One likes to get out into a shrubbery in fine weather."

From Mansfield Park (1814)

comments: 2

Slywy said...

Lady Bertram's idea of "getting out" was to laze about. She was memorable for not doing anything for several hundred pages. I liked it best when she has to ask her husband if she can do without Fanny.

Geo-B said...

Now, imagine it in Margaret Dumont's voice and imagine what Groucho's response would be.