But that is one great difference between us. Compliments always take you by surprise, and me never.
– Jane Austen
Pride and Prejudice, Chapter 4. Elizabeth makes this comment to Jane, who has said that she was flattered by Charles Bingley paying her the compliment of asking her to dance a second time. This shows how the outspoken Elizabeth is different from Jane and her other sisters. She doesn’t see herself as intellectually or socially inferior to men, but as an equal mind with her own independent voice.