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There will be little rubs and disappointments everywhere, and we are all apt to expect too much; but then, if one scheme of... Options
Daemon
Posted: Friday, August 19, 2011 12:00:00 AM
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There will be little rubs and disappointments everywhere, and we are all apt to expect too much; but then, if one scheme of happiness fails, human nature turns to another; if the first calculation is wrong, we make a second better: we find comfort somewhere.

Jane Austen (1775-1817)
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Posted: Friday, August 19, 2011 3:47:46 AM
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The quotation is from Ch. 5 of Mansfield Park, Austen's third, and according to what I have read, least liked novel:

"My poor aunt had certainly little cause to love the state; but, however, speaking from my own observation, it is a manoeuvring business. I know so many who have married in the full expectation and confidence of some one particular advantage in the connexion, or accomplishment, or good quality in the person, who have found themselves entirely deceived, and been obliged to put up with exactly the reverse. What is this but a take in?"

"My dear child, there must be a little imagination here. I beg your pardon, but I cannot quite believe you. Depend upon it, you see but half. You see the evil, but you do not see the consolation. There will be little rubs and disappointments everywhere, and we are all apt to expect too much; but then, if one scheme of happiness fails, human nature turns to another; if the first calculation is wrong, we make a second better: we find comfort somewhere—and those evil-minded observers, dearest Mary, who make much of a little, are more taken in and deceived than the parties themselves."

"Well done, sister! I honour your esprit du corps. When I am a wife, I mean to be just as staunch myself; and I wish my friends in general would be so too. It would save me many a heartache."

"You are as bad as your brother, Mary; but we will cure you both. Mansfield shall cure you both, and without any taking in. Stay with us, and we will cure you."
jacobusmaximus
Posted: Friday, August 19, 2011 3:55:23 AM

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I think Mansfield Park was a story before its time.It is a story for today when so many see 'but half' the picture - the half that suits their philosphy in a time where the individual's imagination is overwhelmed by political spin and marketing hype.

I remember, therefore I am.
kato
Posted: Friday, August 19, 2011 4:56:59 PM

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In the absence of prescience and perfection information trial and error seems rational.
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