The Writing's on the Walls (Was: Re: On the subject of WickedWomen)

Dorian E. Gray israfel at
Thu May 24 17:41:50 EDT 2001

RE: The Writing's on the Walls (Was: Re: On the subject of WickedWomen)Elise

>I am replying to an answer of Dorian's with appropriate spoiler space this


>>13.  "I do not understand you."
     "Then we are on very unequal terms, for I understand you perfectly
     "Me? yes; I cannot speak well enough to be unintelligible."
>>"Bother.  This sounds rather like Jane Austen, but I don't recall it in
of the ones I've read, which leads me to guess that it may be in "Mansefield
Park", the only one I haven't read yet."

>Oh I missed this the first time.  I think.....that maybe this is from
Elizabeth's conversation with the dastardly charmer Wickham (h or no h?)
when he and Lydia visit Longbourn after their shotgun wedding.

No, it isn't.  P&P was my first Austen, and is still my favourite, and I'm
almost certain that this doesn't come anywhere in it.  Anyway, I just
checked my copy for the passage you mention, and it isn't in that bit.  (And
yes, it's Wickham with an H.)

Until the sky falls on our heads...

Dorian E. Gray
israfel at

"I feel that if a character cannot communicate, the very least he can do is
to shut up!"
--Tom Lehrer

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