„But when a young lady is to be a heroine, the perverseness of forty surrounding families cannot prevent her. Something must and will happen to throw a hero in her way.“

Source: Northanger Abbey: a play in two acts, based upon the novel

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„A forty-year-old woman is only something to men who have loved her in her youth!“

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