Quotation by Jane Austen

Unhappy as the event must be ... we may draw from it this useful lesson: that loss of virtue in a female is irretrievable; that one false step involves her in endless ruin; that her reputation is no less brittle than it is beautiful; and that she cannot be too much guarded in her behaviour towards the undeserving of the other sex.
Jane Austen (1775–1817), British novelist. Mary Bennet, in Pride and Prejudice, ch. 47 (1813).

On the elopement of Lydia Bennet with Wickham.
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