Quote by Jane Austen

What do you know of my heart? What do you know of anything but your own suffering. For weeks, Marianne, I've had this pressing on me without being at liberty to speak of it to a single creature. It was forced on me by the very person whose prior claims ruined all my hope. I have endured her exultations again and again whilst knowing myself to be divided from Edward forever. Believe me, Marianne, had I not been bound to silence I could have provided proof enough of a broken heart, even for you.

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In this quote, the speaker expresses their frustration and anguish to Marianne. They question Marianne's understanding of their emotions and emphasize that their suffering goes beyond what she can comprehend. The speaker laments their inability to openly discuss their feelings, as they have been obligated to keep their true emotions hidden. They hint at a past betrayal that has shattered their hope for a future with someone named Edward. The speaker indicates that they could have shown evidence of their broken heart if not restricted by their silence, indicating the intensity of their emotional pain.


By Jane Austen
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