Becoming Jane

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Select quotes from the 2007 film Becoming Jane based on the life of Jane Austen, starring Anne Hathaway as the title character, and James McAvoy as Thomas Langlois Lefroy.


  • “The most disagreeable, insolent, arrogant, imprudent, insufferable, impertinent of men!” – Jane Austen’s first comment on Tom Lefroy
  • “If you wish to practice the art of fiction, to be the equal of a masculine author, experience is vital. Your horizons must be…widened.” – Tom Lefroy
  • “Flirting is a woman's trade. One must keep in practice.” – Eliza De Feuillide
  • “Experience can recommend a man...” - Eliza de Feullide
  • “I have read your book, and I disapprove.” - Jane Austen
“Of course you do!” - Tom Lefroy [i.e. ‘of course you disapprove’]
(Discussion on Fielding's ‘History of Tom Jones’)
  • “A novel must show how the world truly is. Somehow, reveals the true source of our actions.” - Jane Austen
  • “Jane!” – Mrs. Austen
“What is she doing?”– Lady Gresham
“Writing.” – Mr. Wisley
“Can anything be done about it? ” – Lady Gresham
  • "Sometimes affection is a shy flower that takes time to blossom." - Mr. Wisley
  • “Affection is desirable. Money is absolutely indispensable!” – Mrs. Austen
  • “How can you of all people dispose of yourself without affection?” – Tom Lefroy
“How can I dispose of myself with it? ” – Jane Austen
  • “What value will there ever be in life, if we are not together? ” – Tom Lefroy
  • “You cannot begin to imagine... “ - John Warren (expressing his love for Jane)
“Thank you for your kind attention...but...ARE THERE NO OTHER WOMEN IN HAMPSHIRE?!” - Jane Austen
  • “My characters shall have, after a little trouble, all that they desire.” – Jane Austen
  • "You must know what I feel. Jane, I'm yours. God! I'm yours, I'm yours heart and soul." - Tom Lefroy