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Thu 21 Jan 1993

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  1. "Barbara.Abbott", Jane Austen on linguists...

Message 1: Jane Austen on linguists...

Date: Thu, 14 Jan 93 09:12 EST
From: "Barbara.Abbott" <>
Subject: Jane Austen on linguists...

This is from _Emma_:

 Such an adventure as this, -- a fine young man and a lovely
 young woman thrown together in such a way, could hardly fail of
 suggesting certain ideas to the coldest heart and the steadiest
 brain. So Emma thought, at least. Could a linguist, could a
 grammarian, could even a mathematician have seen what she did,
 have witnessed their appearance together, and heard their history
 of it, without feeling that circumstances had been at work to make
 them peculiarly interesting to each other? -- How much more must
 an imaginist, like herself, be on fire with speculation and
 foresight! -- especially with such a ground-work of anticipation
 as her mind had already made.

(It's on p. 331 of the 1985 Penguin Classics edition.)
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