Jane Austen quote about pleasure from Northanger Abbey - The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.
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The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.
 Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey (1817). copy citation

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Author Jane Austen
Source Northanger Abbey
Topic pleasure stupidity books novel
Date 1817
Language English
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Weblink http://www.gutenberg.org/files/121/121-h/121-h.htm

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“It always puts me in mind of the country that Emily and her father travelled through, in The Mysteries of Udolpho. But you never read novels, I dare say?»
«Why not?»
«Because they are not clever enough for you—gentlemen read better books.»
«The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid. I have read all Mrs. Radcliffe's works, and most of them with great pleasure. The Mysteries of Udolpho, when I had once begun it, I could not lay down again; I remember finishing it in two days—my hair standing on end the whole time.»” source

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