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How does Jane Austen explains the idea of accomplishment of Victorian age?

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In one of Jane Austen's novels, Pride and Prejudice, a character says: "No one can be really

esteemed accomplished who does not greatly surpass what is

usually met with. A woman must have a thorough knowledge of

music, singing, drawing, dancing, and the modern languages, to

deserve the word; and besides all this, she must possess a certain

something in her air and manner of walking, the tone of her

voice, her address and expressions, or the word will be but


"All this she must possess," added Darcy, "and to all this she

must yet add something more substantial, in the improvement of

her mind by extensive reading." ~from Chapter 8

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