A fond mother, though, in pursuit of praise for her children the most rapacious of human beings, is likewise the most credulous; her demands are exorbitant; but she will swallow anything.
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Source Notes: Sense and Sensibility (chapter 21) (1811). Said of Lady Middleton, who cheerfully accepts the false praise of the flattering Miss Steele.
Jane Austen (December 16, 1775 July 18, 1817) was a prominent English novelist whose work is considered part of the Western canon. Her insights into women's lives and her mastery of form and irony made her arguably the most noted and influential novelist of her era.
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