Jane austins guide to dating

Mr Wickham is the classic example, but there's also John Willoughby in Sense and Sensibility - he's cultured, handsome, and smooth-talking, but also a serial seducer and heartbreaker.Plus, if you happen to come from wealthy stock, beware the polite, dashing suitor, who could just be after your money, like Philip Elton in Emma.It seems that running about in the rain, without any appropriate wet weather gear, can be the best way to initiate some physical contact from your suitor.If you're worried about any rebukes for acting with impropriety from possible onlookers, then feign a slip on the wet ground (without actually spraining your ankle, like Marianne in Sense and Sensibility), so that your date has an excuse to whisk you into his arms.

Don't be blinded by your own preset ideas of what you are looking for.

Other times, it's a friend like the title character in Emma.

You know the one - they think they're brilliant at setting people up, but actually it always ends in a dating disaster.

Jane Austen's witty, perceptive and romantic novels have delighted readers for two hundred years.

With clear sight, common sense and good judgment, she observed the hits and near-misses of her heroes and heroines in love.

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