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The Quilty Reader

Lawyer, mother, avid reader. Game host extraordinaire! Partner in crime to Obsidian Black Plague! My bookish weaknesses include classics, fantasy, YA, and agreeing to read more books than is even remotely possible.

On Undine Spragg


Jane Austen on Undine Spragg: "When I set out to write Emma, I said that "I am going to take a heroine whom no one but myself will much like," and write a book about her. Undine Spragg, on the other hand, is a heroine that even the author could not like. While Emma is spoiled, selfish and vain, she has a genuine fondness for her family and neighbors and a desire to become a better person. Undine has a genuine fondness for herself and a desire to become a richer person."




Emma Woodhouse on Undine Spragg: “Wickedness is always wickedness, but folly is not always folly. Undine Spragg is wickedness. To love her is folly."



Ayn Rand on Undine Spragg: Undine knows her own value and her intrinsic worth. She is beautiful and deserves to get what she wants from life. We should not feel sorry for the others who were hurt by her ambitions because they are not beautiful and therefore do not have her intrinsic worth. If she didn't have that worth, she would not have been able to succeed where so many others have failed. It is right and just that Undine should succeed. When I say ‘Undine Spragg,’ I mean a full, pure, uncontrolled, unregulated laissez-faire beauty — with a separation of men from their bank accounts. 



John Galt on Undine Spragg: “She swore by her own life and her love of herself that she would never live for the sake of another man, but rather would live for the joy of allowing men to admire her beauty. Preferably with cash, in a fine hotel room, wearing a new dress."


Yes, there will be a real review at some point soon! But this amused me this morning.