The Understanding of Women


“No one can think more highly of the understanding of women than I do…nature has given them so much, that they never find it necessary to use more than half.” Henry Tilney, Northanger Abbey

No, I am not reading Northanger Abbey at this time; I have a book of quotes taken from Jane Austen’s works, and am putting it to good use. Henry Tilney is quickly becoming one of my favorite male characters from Miss Austen’s masterpieces; and he has easily made it into my top quoted.

I love the above quote; and can just see his smiling face as Henry teases Catherine.

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One thought on “The Understanding of Women”

  1. Finally you are seeing the light! You should read the book, it’s great! I think Henry Tilney has one of the best sense of humor! Though the little Heroine has it in her own way, as proven in this quip of hers:
    “[History is] the quarrels of popes and kings, with wars and pestilences, in every page; the men are all so good for nothing, and hardly any woman at all.”

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