Sunday, 5 April 2015

Jane Austen Quote of the Week 297

Cinderella (Lily James) and Prince Kit (Richard Madden) dancing in the 2015 Cinderella

Happy Easter, everyone!  May you have the Universe’s blessings with you always.
Since it’s Easter, I was thinking of finding an Easter-related quote.  But since I’ve been in love with Cinderella 2015 (oh what a beautiful movie...Kenneth Branagh is an amazing director!), and some of the Cinderella quotes actually resonated with Jane Austen’s quotes, I’d take a quote shared between Cinderella and Miss Austen. In this case, Miss Anne Elliot.

From Persuasion, Chapter 16, Anne described what good company was to her:

''My idea of good company ... is the company of clever, well-informed people who have a great deal of conversation; that is what I call good company.''

To which Mr Elliot replied that she was mistaken, for “that is not good company; that is the best.”
Ella meets Kit for the first time

While Cinderella, having been banished by her stepmother to live in the attic, actually thought that no company is better than poor company. And those few friends she had, she treated with love and kindness. I have “only” watched the movie twice (actually planning for the 3rd one... blame Lily James’ and Richard Madden’s sizzling on-screen chemistry as Cinderella and the Prince), so I don’t remember the verbatim words. But according to the Elephant Journal, it should be something like this:

It’s better to be alone, than be surrounded by poor company.
She had few friends, but the ones she had, “she treated with an open heart and an open hand.”

Well, I hope you’ve been having good company during this Easter, the ones who love you just as you are and treat you with open heart and open hand... And if you have not found your best company, I hope you will be soon, just like the new Cinderella meets her Prince on an equal ground.

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