Jane Austen quote about judgment from Emma - one never does form a just idea of any body beforehand. One takes up a notion, and runs away with it.
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one never does form a just idea of any body beforehand. One takes up a notion, and runs away with it.
 Jane Austen, Emma (1815). copy citation

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Author Jane Austen
Source Emma
Topic judgment appearances
Date 1815
Language English
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Weblink http://www.gutenberg.org/files/158/158-h/158-h.htm

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“Jane, do you know I always fancy Mr. Dixon like Mr. John Knightley. I mean in person—tall, and with that sort of look—and not very talkative.»
«Quite wrong, my dear aunt; there is no likeness at all.»
«Very odd! but one never does form a just idea of any body beforehand. One takes up a notion, and runs away with it. Mr. Dixon, you say, is not, strictly speaking, handsome?»
«Handsome! Oh! no—far from it—certainly plain. I told you he was plain.»
«My dear, you said that Miss Campbell would not allow him to be plain, and that you yourself—»” source

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