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Becoming Jane Quotes

Becoming Jane is a television program that first aired in 1970 . Becoming Jane stopped airing in 1970.

It features Graham Broadbent as producer, Adrian Johnston (musician) in charge of musical score, and Eigil Bryld as head of cinematography.

Becoming Jane is recorded in English and originally aired in United Kingdom. Each episode of Becoming Jane is 120 minutes long. Becoming Jane is distributed by Buena Vista International (UK).

The cast includes: Julie Walters as Mrs. Austen, Anne Hathaway as Jane Austen, Eleanor Methven as Tom Lefroy, Maggie Smith as Lady Gresham, Laurence Fox as Mr. Wisley, Anna Maxwell Martin as Cassandra Austen, Julie Walters as Rev Austen, Lucy Cohu as Eliza De Feuillide, Helen McCrory as Mrs. Radcliffe, Leo Bill as John Warren, Jessica Ashworth as Lucy Lefroy, Ian Richardson as Judge Langlois, Joe Anderson as Henry Austen, James Cromwell as George Austen, and Eleanor Methven as Mrs. Lefroy.

Becoming Jane Quotes

Eleanor Methven as Tom Lefroy

  • (Eleanor Methven) "Was I deficient in rapture?"
  • (Anne Hathaway) "In consciousness."
  • (Eleanor Methven) "Good morning, sir."
  • (Ian Richardson) "Good morning? Has the world turned topsy?"
  • (Eleanor Methven) "What value will there ever be in life, if we are not together?"
  • (Eleanor Methven) "What rules of conduct apply in this rural situation? We have been introduced, have we not?"
  • (Anne Hathaway) "What value is there in an introduction when you cannot even remember my name? Indeed, can barely stay awake in my presence."
  • (Eleanor Methven) "Hampshire, your home county."
  • (Anne Hathaway) "It was."
  • (Eleanor Methven) "Do you love me?"
  • (Eleanor Methven) "You dance with passion."
  • (Anne Hathaway) "No sensible woman would demonstrate passion, if the purpose were to attract a husband."
  • (Eleanor Methven) "As opposed to a lover?"
  • (Eleanor Methven) "Good God. There's writing on both sides of those pages."
  • (Eleanor Methven) "Your ignorance is understandable since you lack -- What shall we call it? The history?"
  • (Anne Hathaway) "Propriety commands me to ignorance."
  • (Eleanor Methven) "Condemns you to it and your writing to the status of female accomplishment. If you wish to practice the art of fiction, to be the equal of a masculine author, experience is vital."
  • (Eleanor Methven) "Jane, an old friend. Late as ever."
  • (Eleanor Methven) "If you wish to practice the art of fiction, to be considered the equal of a masculine author, experience is vital."
  • (Eleanor Methven) "If there is a shred of truth or justice inside of you, you cannot marry him."
  • (Anne Hathaway) "Oh no, Mr. Lefroy. Justice, by your own admission, you know little of, truth even less."
  • (Eleanor Methven) "Jane, I have tried. I have tried and I cannot live this lie. Can you?"
  • (Eleanor Methven) "Jane, can you?"
  • (Eleanor Methven) "I think that you, Miss Austen, consider yourself a cut above the company."
  • (Anne Hathaway) "Me?"
  • (Eleanor Methven) "You, ma'am. Secretly."
  • (Unnamed) "Glass of wine?"
  • (Eleanor Methven) "Yes, thank you."
  • (Eleanor Methven) "A toast from one member of the profession to another."
  • (Eleanor Methven) "Miss? Miss? Miss --"
  • (Anne Hathaway) "Austen."
  • (Eleanor Methven) "Mr. Lefroy."
  • (Anne Hathaway) "Yes, I know, but I am alone."
  • (Eleanor Methven) "Except for me."
  • (Anne Hathaway) "Exactly."
  • (Eleanor Methven) "Swifts, on a fine morning in May, flying this way, that way, sailing around at a great hight, perfectly happily. Then -"
  • (Eleanor Methven) "Then, one leaps onto the back of another, grasps tightly and forgetting to fly they both sink down and down, in a great dying fall, fathom after fathom, until the female utters --"
  • (Anne Hathaway) "Yes?"
  • (Eleanor Methven) "The female utters a loud, piercing cry --"
  • (Eleanor Methven) "-- of ecstasy."
  • (Eleanor Methven) "Is this conduct commonplace in the natural history of Hampshire?"
  • (Eleanor Methven) "Lucy would marry him tomorrow, and what a terrible husband he would make."
  • (Lucy Cohu) "I suppose you mean his reputation. Experience can recommend a man."
  • (Eleanor Methven) "Vice leads to difficulty, virtue to reward. Bad characters come to bad ends."
  • (Anne Hathaway) "Exactly. But in life, bad characters often thrive. Take yourself."
  • (Eleanor Methven) "I have no money, no property, I am entirely dependent upon that bizarre old lunatic, my uncle. I cannot yet offer marriage, but you must know what I feel. Jane, I'm yours. God, I'm yours. I'm yours, heart and soul. Much good that is."
  • (Anne Hathaway) "Let me decide that."
  • (Eleanor Methven) "What will we do?"
  • (Anne Hathaway) "What we must."
  • (Eleanor Methven) "If you wish to practice the art of fiction, to be the equal of a masculine author, experience is vital."
  • (Anne Hathaway) "I see. And what qualifies you to offer this advice?"
  • (Eleanor Methven) "I know more of the world."
  • (Anne Hathaway) "A great deal more, I gather."
  • (Eleanor Methven) "Enough to know that your horizons must be -- widened."
  • (Eleanor Methven) "Was I deficient in propriety?"
  • (Anne Hathaway) "Why did you do that?"
  • (Eleanor Methven) "Couldn't waste all those expensive boxing lessons."
  • (Eleanor Methven) "I -- I depend entirely upon --"
  • (Anne Hathaway) "Upon your Uncle. And I depend on you. So what will you do?"
  • (Eleanor Methven) "What I must. I have a duty to my family, Jane. I must think of them as well as --"
  • (Anne Hathaway) "Tom -- Is that -- Is that all you have to say to me?"
  • (Anne Hathaway) "Goodbye, Mr. Lefroy."
  • (Eleanor Methven) "Was I deficient in rapture?"
  • (Anne Hathaway) "Inconsciousness."
  • (Eleanor Methven) "It was -- It was accomplished."
  • (Anne Hathaway) "It was ironic."
  • (Eleanor Methven) "I have been told there is much to see upon a walk, but all I've detected so far is a general tendency to green above and brown below."
  • (Anne Hathaway) "Yes, well, others have detected more. It is celebrated. There's even a book about Selborne Wood."
  • (Eleanor Methven) "Oh. A novel, perhaps?"
  • (Anne Hathaway) "Novels? Being poor, insipid things, read by mere women, even, God forbid, written by mere women?."
  • (Eleanor Methven) "I see, we're talking of your reading."
  • (Anne Hathaway) "As if the writing of women did not display the greatest powers of mind, knowledge of human nature, the liveliest effusions of wit and humour and the best-chosen language imaginable?"
  • (Eleanor Methven) "Miss Austen --"
  • (Anne Hathaway) "Yes?"
  • (Eleanor Methven) "Goodnight."
  • (Eleanor Methven) "-- your horizons must be -- widened, by an extraordinary young man."
  • (Anne Hathaway) "By a very dangerous young man, one who has, no doubt, infected the hearts of many a young -- young woman with the soft corrup --"
  • (Eleanor Methven) "Read this"
  • (Anne Hathaway) "-tion --"
  • (Eleanor Methven) "and you will understand."
  • (Eleanor Methven) "I would regard it as a mark of extreme favour if you would stoop to honour me with this next dance."
  • (Eleanor Methven) "I depend entirely upon --"
  • (Anne Hathaway) "Upon your uncle. And I depend on you. What will you do?"
  • (Eleanor Methven) "What I must."

Julie Walters as Mrs. Austen

  • (Julie Walters) "How many times did you stand up with that gentleman, Jane?"
  • (Jessica Ashworth) "Was it twice?"
  • (Joe Anderson) "Twice would have been partial. Thrice would have been absolutely --"
  • (Jessica Ashworth) "Flagrant."
  • (Julie Walters) "You could persuade her."
  • (Julie Walters) "To sacrifice her happiness? Jane should have not the man who offers the best price, but the man she wants."
  • (Julie Walters) "Hurry along, Jane. We'll be late."
  • (Anne Hathaway) "When Her Ladyship calls, we must obey."
  • (Julie Walters) "Her heart is stirred."
  • (Julie Walters) "It's a summer squall. Mr. Lefroy will soon be gone. And Mr Wisley will still be waiting, I hope."
  • (Julie Walters) "Jane should have not the man who offers the best price but the man she wants."
  • (Julie Walters) "You came back to us."
  • (Julie Walters) "Affection is desirable. Money is absolutely indispensable."
  • (Julie Walters) "That girl needs a husband. But who's good enough? Nobody. Thanks to you."
  • (Julie Walters) "Being so much the model of perfection."
  • (Julie Walters) "I've shared your bed for 32 years and perfection I have not encountered."
  • (Julie Walters) "Yet."
  • (Julie Walters) "Nothing destroys spirit like poverty."

Anne Hathaway as Jane Austen

  • (Anne Hathaway) "My characters shall have, after a little trouble, all that they desire."
  • (Anne Hathaway) "Are there no other women in Hampshire?"
  • (Anne Hathaway) "Trouble here enough."
  • (Eleanor Methven) "And freedom, the freedom of men. Do not you envy it?"
  • (Anne Hathaway) "But I have the intense pleasure of observing it so closely."
  • (Anne Hathaway) "Forgive me if I suspect in you a sense of justice."
  • (Eleanor Methven) "I am a lawyer. Justice plays no part in the law."
  • (Anne Hathaway) "Is that what you believe?"
  • (Eleanor Methven) "I believe it. I must."
  • (Anne Hathaway) "It's something I began in London. It is the tale of a young woman. Two young women. Better than their circumstances."
  • (Anna Maxwell Martin) "So many are."
  • (Anne Hathaway) "And two young gentlemen who receive much better than their deserts as so very many do."
  • (Anne Hathaway) ""The boundaries of propriety were vigorously assaulted, as was only right, but not quite breached, as was also right. Nevertheless, she was not pleased.""
  • (Anne Hathaway) "A novel must show how the world truly is, how characters genuinely think, how events actually occur. A novel should somehow reveal the true source of our actions."
  • (Anne Hathaway) "This, by the way, is called a country dance, after the French, contredanse. Not because it is exhibited at an uncouth rural assembly with glutinous pies, execrable Madeira, and truly anarchic dancing."
  • (Eleanor Methven) "You judge the company severely, madam."
  • (Anne Hathaway) "I was describing what you'd be thinking."
  • (Eleanor Methven) "Allow me to think for myself."
  • (Anne Hathaway) "Gives me leave to do the same, sir, and come to a different conclusion."
  • (Anne Hathaway) ""She began now to comprehend that he was exactly the man who, in disposition and talents, would most suit her. His understanding and temper, though unlike her own, would have answered all her wishes. It was a union that must have been to the advantage of both. By her ease and liveliness, his mind might have been softened, his manners improved, and from his judgment, information and knowledge of the world, she must have received benefit of greater importance. But no such happy marriage could now teach the admiring multitude what connubial felicity really was.""
  • (Anne Hathaway) "Cassie, his heart will stop at the sight of you, or he doesn't deserve to live. And, yes, I am aware of the contradiction embodied in that sentence."
  • (Anne Hathaway) "Did I do that well?"
  • (Eleanor Methven) "Very. Very well."
  • (Anne Hathaway) "I wanted, just once, to do it well."
  • (Anne Hathaway) "You asked me a question. I am ready to give you an answer. But there is one matter to be settled. I cannot make you out, Mr Wisley. At times, you are the most gentlemanlike man I know and yet you would --"
  • (Laurence Fox) ""Yet". What a sad word."
  • (Anne Hathaway) "His small fortune will not buy me."
  • (Lucy Cohu) "What will buy you, cousin?"
  • (Anne Hathaway) "I'm sorry to have been so disobliging in the past."
  • (Anne Hathaway) "Could I really have this?"
  • (Eleanor Methven) "What, precisely?"
  • (Anne Hathaway) "You."
  • (Eleanor Methven) "Me, how?"
  • (Anne Hathaway) "This life with you."
  • (Eleanor Methven) "Yes."
  • (Anne Hathaway) "If I marry, I want it to be out of affection. Like my mother."
  • (Julie Walters) "And I have to dig my own damn potatoes."

Helen McCrory as Mrs. Radcliffe

  • (Helen McCrory) "Of what do you wish to write?"
  • (Anne Hathaway) "Of the heart."
  • (Helen McCrory) "Do you know it?"
  • (Anne Hathaway) "Not all of it."
  • (Helen McCrory) "To have a wife who has a mind is considered not quite proper. To have a wife with a literary reputation nothing short of scandalous."
  • (Helen McCrory) "Of what do you wish to write?"
  • (Anne Hathaway) "Of the heart."
  • (Helen McCrory) "Do you know it?"
  • (Anne Hathaway) "Not all of it."
  • (Helen McCrory) "In time, you will. But even if that fails, that's what the imagination is for."

Maggie Smith as Lady Gresham

  • (Maggie Smith) "Monsieur le Comte is not here to pay his respects?"
  • (Lucy Cohu) "A prior engagement, ma'am, Monsieur le Comte was obliged to pay his respects to Madame le Guillotine."
  • (Maggie Smith) "My nephew, Miss Austen, condescends far indeed in offering to the daughter of an obscure and impecunious clergyman."
  • (Anne Hathaway) "Impecunious? Your Ladyship is mistaken."
  • (Maggie Smith) "I am never mistaken."

Lucy Cohu as Eliza De Feuillide

  • (Lucy Cohu) "I never feel more French than when I watch cricket."
  • (Lucy Cohu) "She is lovely, Tom."
  • (Lucy Cohu) "Flirting is a woman's trade, one must keep in practice"

Jessica Ashworth as Lucy Lefroy

  • (Jessica Ashworth) "What kind of trouble?"
  • (Anne Hathaway) "All sorts of trouble."
  • (Jessica Ashworth) "Laverton Fair. Vastly entertaining. Monstrous good idea, Jane."
  • (Eleanor Methven) "Yes, Miss Austen, not exactly your usual society, I'd say."
  • (Anne Hathaway) "Show a little imagination, Mr. Lefroy."
  • (Jessica Ashworth) "Green velvet coat. Vastly fashionable."
  • (Leo Bill) "You'll find this vastly amusing."

Ian Richardson as Judge Langlois

  • (Ian Richardson) "Humour? Well, you're going to need that because I'm teaching you a lesson. I'm sending you to stay with your other relations, the Lefroys."
  • (Eleanor Methven) "Uncle, they live in the country."
  • (Ian Richardson) "Deep in the country."
  • (Ian Richardson) "Welcome --"
  • (Eleanor Methven) "Madame le Comtesse."
  • (Ian Richardson) "Madame le Comtesse. Seldom, too seldom, my house receives the presence of nobility. And, of course, its friends. Please."

Leo Bill as John Warren

  • (Leo Bill) "And the famous Mrs. Radcliffe, is she as Gothic as her novels?"
  • (Anne Hathaway) "Not in externals. But her internal landscape is, I suspect, quite picturesque."
  • (Laurence Fox) "True of us all."
  • (Leo Bill) "What's a Tahitian-love-fest?"

Anna Maxwell Martin as Cassandra Austen

  • (Anna Maxwell Martin) "You'll lose everything. Family, place. For what? A lifetime of drudgery on a pittance? A child every year and no means to lighten the load? How will you write, Jane?"
  • (Anne Hathaway) "I do not know, but happiness is within my grasp and I cannot help myself."
  • (Anna Maxwell Martin) "There is no sense in this."
  • (Anne Hathaway) "If you could have your Robert back, even like this, would you do it?"
  • (Anna Maxwell Martin) "How does the story begin?"
  • (Anne Hathaway) "Badly."
  • (Anna Maxwell Martin) "And then?"
  • (Anne Hathaway) "It gets worse."

Laurence Fox as Mr. Wisley

  • (Laurence Fox) "The good do not always come to good ends. It is a truth universally acknowledged."
  • (Anne Hathaway) "" -- that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife. ""
  • (Laurence Fox) "Sometimes affection is a shy flower that takes time to blossom."

Joe Anderson as Henry Austen

  • (Joe Anderson) "What do you make of Mr. Lefroy?"
  • (Anne Hathaway) "We're honoured by his presence."
  • (Lucy Cohu) "You think?"
  • (Anne Hathaway) "He does, with his preening, prancing, Irish-cum-Bond-Street airs."
  • (Joe Anderson) "Jane."
  • (Anne Hathaway) "Well, I call it very high indeed, refusing to dance when there are so few gentleman. Henry, are all your friends so disagreeable?"
  • (Joe Anderson) "Jane."
  • (Anne Hathaway) "Where exactly in Ireland does he come from, anyway?"
  • (Eleanor Methven) "Limerick, Miss Austen."

James Cromwell as George Austen

  • (James Cromwell) "You love him?"

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