“There’s Arcturus looking very bright.”
“Yes, and the Bear. I wish I could see Cassiopeia.”
“We must go out on the lawn for that. Should you be afraid?”
“Not in the least. It is a great while since we have had any star-gazing.”
Possibly my favourite Austen. For anyone who says it’s wishy-washy, they just need to read it. The scene above is beautifully fresh and direct, with not a single unnecessary word in there.