Friday, February 22, 2013

The life of Jane Austen's party

Precisely the kind of frivolity that Thomas Bertram hoped to avoid.

Early occurrence of the idiom "life of the party" in an odd place:
"Sir Thomas was indeed the life of the party, who at his suggestion now seated themselves around the fire."
—Jane Austen, Mansfield Park 2.1 (Norton ed., 123)

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