Do you wake up thinking that your Monday would be much better if you could just read a little Jane Austen before going to work? Well, there’s an app for that.
The Jane Austen Centre in Bath, England, has launched the Jane Austen Daily Quote app for Apple and Android. Download the free app, tell it when you’d like your dose of Austen delivered, and soon Austen quotes will be popping up to brighten your day.
Although Austen only wrote six books, there is no shortage of witticisms. “Pride and Prejudice” alone includes these:
“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.”
“To be fond of dancing was a certain step towards falling in love.”
“For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbors, and laugh at them in our turn?”
“Those who do not complain are never pitied.”
“Next to being married, a girl likes to be crossed in love a little now and then.”
“A lady’s imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment.”
“In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.”
Of course, electronically-inclined Austen fans need not stop at a daily quote. There are e-books and audiobooks of all of her novels: “Emma,” “Mansfield Park,” “Northanger Abbey” “Persuasion,” “Pride and Prejudice” “Sense and Sensibility.” There are Jane Austen classes via iTunes U. And there are even games featuring Jane Austen -- a hidden object game built around “Pride and Prejudice,” and “Arial Austen,” a copter-game parody featuring a propeller-headed Jane Austen who you make rise past hostile gossips.