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

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March 27, 2008 7:17PM

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

half-deserved."

"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