Mansfield Park CoverThese are the contexts of the quotes tweeted from @sueannbowling over the last week. All of the quotes except the last are from Mansfield Park, by Jane Austen. This book is 200 years old this month.

“The mind which does not struggle against itself under one circumstance, would find objects to distract it in the other.” Fanny to Miss Crawford, in the chapel at Sotherton.

“The gardeners are the only people who can go where they like.” Miss Crawford, when they discover the gate to the wilderness is locked.

“Go into the law! With as much ease as I was told to go into this wilderness.” Edmund to Miss Crawford, when she tries to talk him into becoming a lawyer rather than a clergyman.

“A watch is always too fast or too slow.” Miss Crawford to Edmond, when her perception of time passed disagrees with his watch’s measurement.

“I cannot be dictated to by a watch.” Miss Crawford to Edmond, same scene.

“Resting fatigues me.” Miss Crawford, who is very bored at being stuck behind the gate.

”It’s not that I mind doing the cooking, it’s just that I have to eat it.” Sue Ann Bowling, Tourist Trap. Roi, faced with preparing supper for the group. (They aren’t very happy about eating his cooking, either.)