Reading progress update: I've read 5%.

Venetia - Georgette Heyer

I realized I am in possession of a copy of Venetia and therefor decided to jump on the bandwagon so I can chuckle knowingly at the posts of all those doing the buddy read.

 

I love how Heyer channels Jane Austen. This response to a rejection . . .

He looked taken aback, even rather shocked, but after a moment he smiled and said, 'I know your love of funning! You are always diverting, and if your sportiveness leads you now and then to say some odd things I fancy I am too well-acquainted with you to believe you mean them.'

. . . puts me very much in mind of this response to a rejection:

"I am not now to learn," replied Mr. Collins, with a formal wave of the hand, "that it is usual with young ladies to reject the addresses of the man whom they secretly mean to accept, when he first applies for their favour; and that sometimes the refusal is repeated a second, or even a third time. I am therefore by no means discouraged by what you have just said, and shall hope to lead you to the altar ere long."