I do assure you, Sir, that I have no pretension whatever of that kind of elegance which consists in tormenting a respectable man. I would rather be paid the compliment of being believed sincere. I thank you again and again for the honour you have done me in your proposals, but to accept them is absolutely impossible. My feelings in every respect forbid it. Can I speak plainer? Do not consider me now as an elegant female intending to plague you, but as a rational creature speaking the truth from her heart.
From Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen (16 December 1775 – 18 July 1817), English novelist whose works of romantic fiction, set among the landed gentry, earned her a place as one of the most widely read writers in English literature.