Don’t let the prudes mislead you, Jane Austen’s work is full of sex.
People are constantly discussing sex, having intense debates over sex and letting it dictate their actions. Don’t believe me?
Read on for some sex-fueled*** lines from her novels.
“I should no more lay it down as a general rule that women write better letters than men, than that they sing better duets, or draw better landscapes. In every power, of which taste is the foundation, excellence is pretty fairly divided between the sexes.” – Northanger Abbey
Damn, Austen is all in that conversation about the sexes.
“All the privilege I claim for my own sex (it is not a very enviable one: you need not covet it), is that of loving longest, when existence or when hope is gone!” – Persuasion
Wentworth isn’t the only thing to make you swoon, we have discussion of privilege and the sexes right here. Imagine what she’d have to say about pay inequality. Get me some smelling salts!
“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.” – Pride and Prejudice
Here was have some shade at Lizzy. Better step down Caroline! Her fine eyes are not only sexy, they’re gonna be what you have to deal with in future visits to Pemberley.
“But now you love a hyacinth. So much the better. You have gained a new source of enjoyment, and it is well to have as many holds upon happiness as possible. Besides, a taste for flowers is always desirable in your sex, as a means of getting you out of doors, and tempting you to more frequent exercise than you would otherwise take. And though the love of a hyacinth may be rather domestic, who can tell, the sentiment once raised, but you may in time come to love a rose?” – Northanger Abbey
Prepare yourself because even Mr. Collins talks about sex.
“…because I know it to be the established custom of your sex to reject a man on the first application, and perhaps you have even now said as much to encourage my suit as would be consistent with the true delicacy of the female character.” – Pride and Prejudice
I hope no one passed out whilst reading these SCANDALOUS sex quotes from Jane Austen’s work. If you’re lucky I may write one about Jane discussing the size of men’s… estates.
*** Yes, I know “sex” in this context didn’t refer to the act of bedroom dancing. I have seen too many listicles about “secret sex in Jane Austen” and the like, so I thought I’d poke fun at it. I hope it amused and don’t really care if it offended.
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