While I can have my mornings to myself, said she, it is enough—I think it is no sacrifice to join occasionally in evening engagements. Society has claims on us all; and I profess myself one of those who consider intervals of recreation and amusement as desirable for everybody.

Jane Austen

Jane Austen

Profession: Author
Nationality: British

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