Looking for some dialogue, maybe from Jane Austen
August 31, 2012 3:10 PM Subscribe
I'm trying to track down a piece of dialogue from a book, possibly written by Jane Austen, about people who seek out a friendship and then decide they don't like the other person.
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(no, I'm not looking to tell someone off. This has just been wracking my brain for years)
Some details may be off, but here's what I remember about the story leading up to this quote:
The female protagonist has moved in to some large estate, and has met the various high class women in the surrounding area. She becomes ostensibly close friends with one such young lady (or sisters?), until towards the climax of the story, it turns out they really care nothing for our heroine at all. Worse yet, they were the ones who initiated the friendship with her, so it's not as though they didn't know who she was.
She has a pointed discussion with them about what a terrible thing this is, and it's probably not nearly as witty or succinct as I remember it being. Either way, the exact piece of dialog is probably only a sentence or two.
I feel like this is from a Jane Austen novel, or perhaps another British author of the same time period. Or maybe Oscar Wilde?