There are so many wonderful quotes that I could have picked… but I am afraid I landed back on the wonderful Jane Austen in the form of Pride and Prejudice (I know, I know. You are thinking. Really? Again? But I think that this book is a masterpiece that we can learn many valuable life lessons from!). I chose an excerpt that I love from the book. Darcy’s words.
“You showed me how insufficient were all my pretensions to please a woman worthy of being pleased.” (Part 3 Chapter 16)
Define “a woman worthy of being pleased?” To what end would a good man go to find such a woman. To what end would that same man go to secure such a woman for himself?
A woman worthy of being pleased must be something. The kind that we read about in these wonderful novels. The kind that are moral, good natured, intelligent, loving, generous, sweet, educated, and yes, accomplished. These are the kinds of women that are truly worthy of being pleased.
And what would we ask of the men who would endeavor to seek our trust, our love, or commitment? We see a fine example of this in the hero of this tale, the wonderful Mr. Darcy. He looks inside himself and finds justice in the censure he received from the woman he loves. And then he allows her words to torture and change him. He bares inconvenience, embarrassment and disgust to secure the happiness of one to whom he cares nothing for. He himself pays the debt of the one he truly hates. He stands up for his woman when others look down upon her. He bares the inequality of the connection because she is worth it. He would do anything to make that woman love him. She so far beneath him in social status and fortune, yet he feels her to be so far above him in every other way. She is truly worth it.
And so our hero is a fine example of what a man should be. He should go to the ends of the earth for the one he loves. A woman worthy of being pleased requires above and beyond the common way of courting a woman. She requires the wholehearted attention and proof of devotion that we see demonstrated in Mr. Darcy’s love for Elizabeth.
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