Who Said It

Taylor Swift vs. Jane Austen: Who Said It?

The pop star’s lyrics seem to have gotten a little help from a literary predecessor. Take our quiz.

1. A: "I want a guy who I can respect. Someone who's got an idea of who he wants to be, knows what he wants and what he loves."B: "I have no notion of treating men with such respect. That’s the way to spoil them."

2.A: "I may have lost my heart, but not my self-control."B: "This is surely not what you thought it would be. I lose myself in a daydream."

3.A: "Indulge your imagination in every possible flight."B: "You find I’m even better than you imagined I would be."

4.A: "But you held your pride like you should've held me."B: "Everybody is disgusted with his pride."

5.A: "How’s life? Tell me, how’s your family? I haven’t seen them in a while."B: "And what a charming little family life they have!"

6.A: "I do recall now the smell of the rain fresh on the pavement."B: "A cold stormy rain set in, and nothing of July appeared but in the tree and shrubs."

7.A: "I am sure I must have been as white as my gown."B: "I am not the kind of girl who should be rudely barging in on a white veil occasion. But you are not the kind of boy who should be marrying the wrong girl."

8.A: "Without music, life would be a blank to me."B: "Our song is the way you laugh."

9.A: "Something’s made your eyes go cold."B: "All the world are good and agreeable in your eyes."

10.A: "Leave me, hate me, forget me! But do not torture me."B: "Just let me go, tell me I’m not the one for you."

11.A: "Can’t turn back now, I’m haunted."B: "It had always been there to haunt her from the background."

12.A: "But he was careless and immethodical, like other men, about those things."B: "You made a rebel of a careless man’s careful daughter."ANSWERS: 1.A: Taylor Swift talking about love.B: Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey 2.A: Jane Austen, EmmaB: Taylor Swift, "Speak Now" 3.A: Jane Austen, Pride and PrejudiceB: Taylor Swift, "Sparks Fly" 4.A: Taylor Swift, "The Story of Us"B: Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice5.A: Taylor Swift, "Back to December"B: Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility6.A: Taylor Swift, "Last Kiss"B: Jane Austen, Emma

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7.A: Jane Austen, EmmaB: Taylor Swift, "Speak Now"

8.A: Jane Austen, EmmaB: Taylor Swift, "Our Song"

9.A: Taylor Swift, "Haunted"B: Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

10.A: Jane Austen, Sense and SensibilityB: Taylor Swift, "Don’t Tell Me You Want to When I Don’t Want to Anymore"

11.A: Taylor Swift, "Haunted"B: Jane Austen, Sanditon (unfinished novel)

12.A: Jane Austen, PersuasionB: Taylor Swift, "Mine"

YOUR RESULTS:12 for 12: Worthy of Mr. Darcy himself.10 or 11: What a scholar!8 or 9: You could be Taylor’s opening act.6 or 7: Missing a little common sense (and sensibility).5 or under: Doomed to a life of spinsterhood.