"There is a quickness of perception in some, a nicety in the discernment of character, a natural penetration, in short, which no experience in others can equal, and Lady Russell had been less gifted in this part of understanding than her young friend."
-- Jane Austen narration in Persuasion
In the previous post we looked at how Austen and other writers of her time used the terms "temper" and "disposition" to describe innate personality. For example:
- Fanny Price is taken aback when she meets her fractious sister Susan: "it was at least a fortnight before she began to understand a disposition so totally different from her own."
- Mrs. Grant has "a temper to love and be loved" and a "happiness of disposition."