Jane Austen quote about mockery from Pride and Prejudice - For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbours, and laugh at them in our turn?
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For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbours, and laugh at them in our turn?
 Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice (28 January 1813). copy citation

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Author Jane Austen
Source Pride and Prejudice
Topic mockery laugh sport neighbour
Date 28 January 1813
Language English
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Weblink http://www.gutenberg.org/files/1342/1342-h/1342-h.htm

Context

“The rest of his letter is only about his dear Charlotte's situation, and his expectation of a young olive-branch. But, Lizzy, you look as if you did not enjoy it. You are not going to be missish, I hope, and pretend to be affronted at an idle report. For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbours, and laugh at them in our turn?"
"Oh!" cried Elizabeth, "I am excessively diverted. But it is so strange!"
"Yes—that is what makes it amusing. Had they fixed on any other man it would have been nothing; but his perfect indifference, and your pointed dislike, make it so delightfully absurd!” source

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