Jane Austen quote about rationality from Sense and Sensibility - Elinor agreed to it all, for she did not think he deserved the compliment of rational opposition.
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Elinor agreed to it all, for she did not think he deserved the compliment of rational opposition.
 Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility (1811). copy citation

Context

“We measured the dining-room, and found it would hold exactly eighteen couple, and the affair was arranged precisely after my plan. So that, in fact, you see, if people do but know how to set about it, every comfort may be as well enjoyed in a cottage as in the most spacious dwelling."
Elinor agreed to it all, for she did not think he deserved the compliment of rational opposition. As John Dashwood had no more pleasure in music than his eldest sister, his mind was equally at liberty to fix on any thing else; and a thought struck him during the evening, which he communicated to his wife, for her approbation, when they got home.” source

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