`Oh! certainly,” cried his faithful assistant, “no one can be really esteemed accomplished, who does not greatly surpass what is usually met with. A woman must have a thorough knowledge of music, singing, drawing, dancing, and the modern languages, to deserve the word; and besides all this, she must possess a certain something in her air and manner of walking, the tone of her voice, her address and expressions, or the word will be but half deserved.”

“All this she must possess,” added Darcy, “and to all this she must yet add, in the improvement of her mind by extensive reading.”

“I am no longer surprised at your knowing only six accomplished women. I rather wonder now at your knowing any.”’

Pride and Prejudice, Chapter VIII of Volume I


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4 Responses to “Accomplished?”

  1. Name Changed to Protect Blog Says:

    `Eliza Bennet,” said Miss Bingley, when the door was closed on her, `is one of those young ladies who seek to recommend themselves to the other sex by undervaluing their own, and with many men, I dare say, it succeeds. But, in my opinion, it is a paltry device, a very mean art.’ might have been more apt, given recent developments


  2. Steve Says:

    can any of you women get off your butts and say you can do that? no? thought not.


  3. Alex Rose Says:

    Oh, for old England, when the women were women and the men actually did something.

    Good days.


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