“He hoped she might make some amends for the many very plain faces he was continually passing in the streets. The worst of Bath was the number of its plain women. He did not mean to say there were not pretty women, but the number of the plain was out of all proportion. He had frequently observed, as he walked, that one handsome face would be followed by thirty, or five-and-thirty frights; and once, as he had stood in a shop on Bond street, he had counted eighty-seven women go by, without there being a tolerable face among them. ... But still, there certainly were a dreadful multitude of ugly women in Bath; and as for the men! they were infinitely worse. Such scarecrows as the streets were full of!”
What a rude character! I think beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. And I'm sure I'm biased, but I thought that Rebecca added to the beauty of Bath. And we certainly found Bath, on this weekend in particular, to be anything but plain.
And for another Jane Austen quote, "I hope you saw her petticoat, six inches deep in mud, I am absolutely certain; and the gown which had been let down to hide it not doing its office . . . It seems to me to shew an abominable sort of conceited independence, a most country-town indifference to decorum." ~ Pride and Prejudice