Jane Austen quote about doubt from Emma - if a woman doubts as to whether she should accept a man or not, she certainly ought to refuse him.
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if a woman doubts as to whether she should accept a man or not, she certainly ought to refuse him.
 Jane Austen, Emma (1815). copy citation

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Author Jane Austen
Source Emma
Topic doubt marriage refusal
Date 1815
Language English
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“«I had no notion that he liked me so very much,» said Harriet, contemplating the letter. For a little while Emma persevered in her silence; but beginning to apprehend the bewitching flattery of that letter might be too powerful, she thought it best to say,
«I lay it down as a general rule, Harriet, that if a woman doubts as to whether she should accept a man or not, she certainly ought to refuse him. If she can hesitate as to 'Yes,' she ought to say 'No' directly. It is not a state to be safely entered into with doubtful feelings, with half a heart. I thought it my duty as a friend, and older than yourself, to say thus much to you.” source

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