Dec 292010

Words, Wit, and Wisdom from Jane Austen

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author


Trifle Bearings is a neatly organized and accessible compilation of Jane Austen quotes. This collection includes quotes from Jane Austen’s popular novels, unfinished works, Juvenilia, and recorded correspondence. Although there are several volumes of Jane Austen quotes published (i.e. The Wit and Wisdom of Jane Austen compiled by Dominique Enright and Jane Austen’s Universal Truths edited by Susan Hart-Byers), this is the first one I have had the pleasure of reading. I read this collection over the span of one month, reading one or two chapters a sitting. In this review I am going to analyze and critique this compilation’s format, content, and overall execution.


The collection of quotes used in this compilation are conveniently divided and classified into nineteen chapters. The chapters contain a centric theme, whether it be Marriage, Children, Friendship, or Money. The shortest chapter, “Motherhood” is one page in length and the longest, “General Observations” is thirty-two pages. Indicated at the end of each quote is the novel, chapter, or letter in which it is from. In addition, this volume includes a useful glossary that define words like philomel, veniel, and chilbains. At the close of this compilation are three valuable appendices that list: The Works of Jane Austen, Recommended Reading and Websites (in which Austenesque Reviews is included!), and Quotes by Others. Continue reading »