“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading!”
But John Mullan points out the finer details of the context of the quote in The Guardian blog. Apparently Caroline Bingley who speaks the words to Darcy has no real interest in reading, only in hooking Darcy (to whom the remark is addressed) as a husband! Read the full blog – it’s fascinating stuff.
So are there any other female authors who should feature? How about Charlotte Bronte? One quote: “Life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity or registering wrongs.”